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Outside Is In

While illustrative based or outsider art is often condemned by fine arts purists and artschool alumni as lackinmg authenticity, the genre is truly holding its own, with key collectors and spiraling sales testament to its popularity.

Street art specialists, Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art are offering insight into this ever popular genre with a solo exhibition titled Streichelzoo, featuring the artwork of German street art duo, Herakut. on view April 12 through May 4, 2008, with an opening reception held on April 12, from 8 p.m. to Midnight. This is Herakutís first solo show in the United States. With a combination of spray paint with charcoal, watercolors, and other paints on a variety of media, including wood, canvas, and paper. The gallery will be transformed into a work of art in itself, as Hera and Akut run wild and create a large scale installation in the space. Streichelzoo will be Streichelzoo (ĎstrAIkelāzu:) means "petting zoo" in German, an apt label for a showcase of the quirky cast of creatures about to enter Carmichael Gallery.

The artwork in the show embraces a brand new phase in Herakutís artistic evolution, as they continue to take risks and blend their signature styles into one unique, refreshing urban voice. "We have started to create little Frankenstein creatures," says Hera of their masterfully offbeat character paintings, which consist of two essential ingredients: Akutís painstaking photorealism and her own raw, nimble brushstrokes. "We usually combine these two elements in a freestyle way, and do it right at the wall, right in the gallery."

Carmichael Gallery is located at 1257 N. La Brea Avenue, on the SW corner of La Brea and Fountain, West Hollywood, CA 90038.

Written by Craig Stephens

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