Taste my Braindrops
MIAMI, FL—Mindy Solomon Gallery presents Taste my braindrops, a group exhibition of exceptional talent, on view October 30th through November 25th at the gallery: 8397 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, in Little River. An opening reception with the artists will take place Sunday, October 30th, from 4-6pm.
The Shaman and the Coyote were engaged in one of their favorite sports. They were taking turns insulting each other to see who could gain mastery over the other. Whoever lost would get hurled off the cliff. It would take them a month to climb back out. “Hey, Coyote!” the Shaman sneered. “Your coat is so mangy that even your fleas get sick when they hear your name.” Coyote laughed and countered,
“Hey, Shaman, I hear all the people laugh at you when they see your drum, it’s so full of holes that you can’t even hold dung in it.” And so it went, back and forth, each one trying to get a rise out of the other until finally Coyote said, “Hey, Shaman, remember that old man that died during the full moon of deep snow. Even with all your shamanizing, you couldn’t save him. He took all your power away when you irritated him with your poison smoke.” Now, Coyote knew that the old man who had died was really the shaman’s mentor. He was banking on the fact that the shaman was afraid he wouldn’t be as powerful when the old man died. Sure enough, the shaman gasped and struggled to regain his composure. Coyote grabbed him and hurled him off the cliff. “Another shaman down.” Coyote grinned as he trotted off into the forest.
-Excerpt from “Secrets of Shamanism,” by Jose Stevens, PH.D. & Lena S. Stevens
About the Artists
Catherine Czacki attended the San Francisco Art Institute from 1999 – 2003, graduating with a BFA in New Genres. In 2004, she traveled to Poland to continue her artistic and writing endeavors with the Rector Scholarship for Independent Research at the University of Warsaw. Catherine graduated from Columbia University with her MFA in May 2008, after which she spent several years in New York working as an office manager for individual artists and an art handling company, while additionally teaching with the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has exhibited her artwork in exhibitions including the Prague Biennale in the Czech Republic, ‘S-N-W-O’ at DREI Raum für Gegenwartskunst in Köln, Germany, ‘Walking Forward – Running Past’ at Art in General in New York City, ‘Archive of Representation and Collections’ at Favorite Goods in Los Angeles, a two-person exhibition with April Street at Emerson-Dorsch Gallery in Miami, Florida and the solo exhibition ‘The one beneath is mysterious, falling below the line of sight’ at the Discursive and Curatorial Productions Initiative of UCSD. This coming January, Catherine will exhibit a new body of work for Sculpture Center’s annual juried In Practice exhibition, ‘Under Foundations’, in Long Island City, New York. She is currently a PhD student in the Art History, Theory and Criticism program–with a Concentration in Art Practice–at UC San Diego, generously supported by the Leopold Schepp Foundation and the Kosciuszko Foundation.
Katy Fischer received a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo exhibitions of her work include shows at 356 South Mission Road in Los Angeles, Space Gallery in Portland, Proof Gallery in Boston, Western Exhibtions in Chicago and Julia Friedman Gallery in New York City. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Regina Rex and Arsenal Gallery in New York City, Mixture Gallery in Houston, The Figge Museum in Davenport, Allston Skirt Gallery in Boston, Hermetic Gallery in Milwaukee, and Gallery Joe in Philadelphia. Katy won a Chicago Cultural Center Community Arts Assistance grant in 2002. And she received a full fellowship award from Vermont Studio Center in 2014 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Award from The Byrdcliffe Residency in Woodstock, NY in 2012. Katy currently lives and works in New York.
Heather Guertin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include The Whole, Galería Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Aluminum Linoleum, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City; Development, Brennan & Griffin, New York; and Heand, Interstate, Brooklyn. Notable group exhibitions include Intimisms, James Cohan Gallery, New York; Long Instant Short Hour, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Los Angeles; and Addicted to Highs and Lows, Bortolami, New York among others. She has performed in locations such as White Columns in New York and in conjunction with the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. In 2013, Guertin published a novella titled Model Turned Comedian with Social Malpractice and Publication Studio, and in 2015 a monograph of her works was published by Hassla Books.
Alan Gutierrez (American b. 1986) lives and works in Miami, Florida. His artistic practice is object, language, and production-based. Recent solo exhibitions include Don’t tell someone that you like how they are doing something because they may stop to thank you, Regina Rex (NYC), Nobody knows me better than you, Locust Projects (Miami) and Self-work, Kosmeticsalon Babette (Berlin). Recent performances include Untitled (intermission #1), at Haeler Echo, NYC, and Untitled (rain scene), a large-scale public work commissioned by Fringe Projects, Miami. Gutierrez also self-publishes Line Script Diary, an ongoing literary project which results in a journal of text-based works with other artists, writers, and thinkers. Line Script Diary has been included in numerous programs at venues such as 356 Mission (LA), de la Cruz Collection (Miami), ARCO (Madrid), ICA Miami, and White Flag Projects (St. Louis).
Mark Hagen (American b. 1972) received his MFA from CalArts in 2002. Recent exhibitions include Painting in Place by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), Made in L.A. 2012, at the Hammer Museum; Handful of Dust, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, TC: Temporary Contemporary, at the Bass Museum of Art; Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and California Biennial 2008, Orange County Museum of Art. Recent solo exhibitions included Paleo Diet, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, CA; and Black Swamp, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. Hagen’s artist book 2013? was published in 2012. Public collections include LACMA and the Hammer Museum. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Dominique Labauvie (French b.1948) lives and works in Tampa, Florida. Educated at the Beaux Art in Paris, France. In 1985 he had his first one-man show at the Gallery Jordan in Paris. In 1986, Dominique Labauvie received the Rome Prize for Germany and spent one year working in Freiburg/Breisgau, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Berlin. Since 1977, Labauvie has received numerous commissions for Public Sculptures in Europe and the United States. In 1997 he was commissioned by the City of Paris to create a monumental cast iron sculpture “Suspended Skyline” which is installed on the Quai de Seine at the entrance to the Park of the Villette. In 1999, he installed “Over the Cities” at the Vandenberg Airport in Tampa, commissioned by the Hillsborough Aviation Authority. In 2001 he was the subject of a retrospective exhibition of sculpture and drawings at the Coral Springs Museum in Florida. In 2009 Dominique Labauvie received the Gottlieb Foundation Award Grant in honor of his artistic achievement. In 2009, he had his first New York solo exhibition, “Turning Point” at Haim Chanin Fine Arts. In August of 2010, “Musical Lines in My Hand” opened at the new Tampa Museum of Art. His work has been exhibited all over Europe, Japan and the United States in galleries, museums and cultural venues. Dominique Labauvie’s work is included in major public and private collections, including: The BNY | Mellon Corporate Collection, Pittsburgh, PA., The National Collection of Contemporary Art, France; Regional Collections of Art of Alsace, Paris, Languedoc Roussillon, France; The Runnymeade Collection in San Francisco; The Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida; the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida; and The Tampa Museum of Art.
Sarah Peters (American b. 1973) was educated at Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA), The University of Pennsylvania (BFA), and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Certificate) and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Solo and two-person exhibitions include Bodyrite (with Mira Dancy) at Asya Geisberg, NY; Edward Winkleman Gallery, NY; and John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, among others. The artist is a recipient of awards and residencies from John Michael Kohler, WI; New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), NY; The Fine Arts Work Center, Providence, RI; and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, NY. Her work has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times; L Magazine, and Artforum, among others.
Josh Reames (American b. 1985) lives and works in New York. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute in 2012. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Brand New Gallery, Milan; Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles and Josh Lilley Gallery, London. His work was recently seen in Continuous Surfaces, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York and is currently on view in The Aging Coconut at Roberto Paradise, San Juan. Other recent group exhibitions include The Negative Hand, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City (2015) and Post-Analog Painting, The Hole, New York (2015). He will have solo exhibitions at Tristian Koenig, Melbourne and Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, later this year. His work is in numerous private and public collections.
Brian Rochefort (American b. 1985) was raised in Rhode Island and lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Rochefort received his BFA in Ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. He was the recipient of the Lillian Fellowship as an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic arts from 2007-2009 in Helena, Montana. He has exhibited at the Cabin in Los Angeles, Sorry We’re Closed in Belgium, the Retrospective Gallery in Hudson, New York, and Richard Heller in Los Angeles.
Guy Yanai (Isreali b. 1977) currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. He attended Parsons School of Design and the New York Studio School, and received a BFA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Yanai has exhibited at the Haifa Museum of Art, Velan Center for Contemporary Art, Turin; Rothschild 69 Kunsthalle Tel Aviv, Hangar Bicocca, Milan; The Spaceship on Hayarkon 70, and Ashdod Museum of Art among others. Recent solo exhibitions include Ordinary Objects at the Haifa Museum for Art, Ancienne Rive at Ameringer McEnery Yohe NYC, Diary, at Galerie Derouillon Paris; First Battle Lived Accident, at Alon Segev Gallery Tel-Aviv, Accident Nothing at Aran Cravey Los Angeles, Battle Therapy Living Room at the Velan Center for Contemporary Art Turin, and Lived & Laughed & Loved & Left at La Montagne Boston.