BAS FISHER INVITATIONAL
Bas Fisher Invitational (BFI) is an artist run space dedicated to creativity, experimentation, and discourse in contemporary art. BFI aims to create a bridge between Miami and the International art world by curating a program that alternates between the local and the global. BFI is committed to building the Miami arts community by offering support for artist projects, in particular, WEIRD MIAMI, a platform for exhibitions and public programming that takes a behind the scenes look at the city and its artistic offerings. BFI is a not-for-profit funded primarily by grants, donations, and the sale of print editions.
Naomi Fisher, Director, BFI, lives and works in New York and Miami. Since graduating summa cum laude with a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1998 her medium has spanned painting, drawing, performance, photography, video and site-specific installation, often in collaboration with dancers. Recently she has started accepting commissions for permanent large-scale public art projects, the first of which is a frieze that is a permanent part of the architecture of the Rose McQuillan Art Center at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Fisher’s work has been exhibited internationally in such venues as the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Halle fur Kunst, Luneburg; Kemper Museum, Kansas City; Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna; Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel; Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami; and the Deste Foundation, Athens. Her work is included in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Art Boston, the Rubell Family Collection and more.
BRIDGE RED STUDIOS
Bridge Red Studios is an artists’ complex in North Miami. Bridge Red consists of 10 working artist studios and an exhibition / project space that is run by sculptor and painter Robert Thiele, his daughter, painter Kristen Thiele, and his son-in-law, photographer and graphic designer Francesco Casale. The artists who currently hold studios at Bridge Red are William Cordova, Yanira Collado, Kristen Thiele, Francesco Casale, Robert Thiele, Stephan Tugrul, Carol K. Brown, Luisa Basnuevo, and Lou Anne Colodny.
Kristen Thiele, Co-director, Bridge Red Studios, Originally from Miami, Thiele studied fine arts at the University of Miami on a full tuition scholarship. In 1992, she moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied painting, sound, and video, and graduated with a BFA in 1995. During her years in school and after, she sang and played bass in the band Motorhome. They released 2 CDs and 3 singles on New York labels Zero Hour and Dirt Records and played with bands like Everclear, Alanis Morrisette, Missing Persons, Th’ Faith Healers, etc. After graduating from SAIC, Thiele apprenticed Chicago screen printer Steve Walters of Screwball Press and learned the art of silkscreen printing, primarily printing posters for local and national bands. During her time in Chicago, Thiele participated in numerous shows exhibiting her work, including 3 solo exhibitions at the David Leonardis Gallery. Upon her return to Miami, she became a member of the Art Center South Florida on Lincoln Road in South Beach, where she held a studio until her recent move in 2010 to Bridge Red Studios in North Miami. Thiele’s posters were published in the definitive rock poster book, The Art of Modern Rock and her paintings in, Miami Contemporary Artists.
Robert Thiele, Co-director, Bridge Red Studios, Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Robert Thiele is a sculptor who divides his time living and working between Brooklyn, New York and Miami, Florida. Thiele received both his BFA and MFA from Kent State University in 1964 and 1966. Thiele’s work is exhibited widely with recent shows in New York at the Howard Scott Gallery, in Berlin at Galerie Tammen & Partner, and in Miami at Emerson-Dorsch. Thiele owns the artist studio warehouse Bridge Red Studios, and oversees Bridge Red Studios/Project Space.
Francesco Casale, Co-director, Bridge Red Studios, is a photographer and designer based in Miami, Florida. A Bridge Red Studios principal, Casale recently partnered with journalist Brett Sokol to form the non-profit publishing house Letter16 Press, funded in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Casale’s photography & design have appeared in editorial and advertising in Art in America, ART PAPERS, b7 bazkulturmagazin (Basel, Switzerland), the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, The New York Times, Ocean Drive Magazine, and Sculpture Magazine. Francesco participated in “The No Show” at Fredric Snitzer Gallery and was an Invited Artist in the NYC GLAAD Auction (2002). He was named among the STEP Inside Design 100 along with Kristen Thiele in 2000, and was an invited designer in the “A Is for Art/The Miami Alphabet” exhibition at the Miami-Dade Public Library System.
Dimensions Variable (DV) is an exhibition space committed to the presentation and support of contemporary art. Through a collaborative exchange with artists and institutions, DV develops an exhibition program that engages the community and promotes new and experimental ideas. Dimensions Variable was founded in 2009 by artists Frances Trombly and Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova who currently serve as directors.
Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Co-director, Dimensions Variable, was born in 1973 in Havana, Cuba and currently lives and works in Miami. Select exhibitions include The Center for Architecture and Design, Miami, FL; Factoria Habana, Havana, Cuba; Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami, FL; ZONA MACO Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger, Norway; Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY. Selected collections include Sayago & Pardon Collection, San Diego, CA; Alfredo Hertzog Da Silva, Sao Palo, Brazil; Cintas Foundation Collection, Miami, FL; The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL; Capri Palace, Capri, Italy; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) Miami, FL; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL. Select coverage of Rodriguez-Casanova’s projects have been in The New York Times, ARTnews, Art in America, Art Nexus, Sculpture Magazine, The Miami Rail, Temporary Art Review, ArtSlant, Aesthetica Magazine, The Miami Herald, PBS News Hour and The Miami New Times.
Frances Trombly, Co-director, Dimensions Variable, is based in Miami, FL, United States. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD. Selected exhibitions consist of Frances Trombly: Over and Under at Locust Projects, Miami (2013), included in Americana: Formalizing Craft, Perez Art Museum Miami (2013) and united states, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2012). Her work has been featured in various publications including The New York Times, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, Surface Design Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. Trombly’s work was recently purchased for Perez Art Museum Miami and it is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida. She co-directs Dimensions Variable, an artist-run space in Miami. The artist is represented by Emerson Dorsch, Miami, FL and Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
Girls’ Club is a non-profit private foundation and alternative exhibition space based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to educate, nurture the careers of contemporary female artists and act as a resource to artists, curators, writers, students, scholars and the community. Thematic annual exhibitions are curated from the 600+ private collection of founders Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz and involve internationally, nationally and locally recognized artists.
Michelle Weinberg, Creative Director, Girls’ Club, received her BFA from School of Visual Arts in NYC and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of awards, fellowships and residencies including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, a South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in Visual & Media Art, an Individual Artist Fellowship and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, homesession and Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, and Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic. Exhibitions of her work include: Design Sublime, Dorsch Gallery in Miami, Cyan Gallery in Barcelona, Lesley Heller Workspace and Kathryn Markel Fine Art in NYC, The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison State College in Fort Myers, FL, The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA, Miami Art Museum, Islip Art Museum. Commissions include The Wolfsonian Museum-FIU, Facebook offices in Miami, Miami-Dade County, City of Tampa and City of Hollywood, FL.
Francie Bishop Good, Founder, Girls’ Club, was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and raised in nearby Allentown. She currently lives and works in South Florida and New York City. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. It is included in many public and private collections and has been featured in publications including Art in America, Art News, and the Miami Herald. Ms Bishop Good is twice recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, and the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Her list of solo museum shows include the Allentown Art Museum, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida. Recent museum acquisitions include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Wadsworth Atheneum, The Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, and the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Francie is represented by David Castillo Gallery, Miami Beach
Sarah Michelle Rupert, Gallery Director, Girls’ Club, is a visual artist and arts professional living and working in South Florida. Working with photography, video, collage, and drawing, much of her work revolves around the consumer and mass communication culture in contemporary experience. Her work has been shown recently at the Laundromart Art Space and David Castillo Gallery in Miami; the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood in Hollywood, FL; the FATVillage’s Project Space in Fort Lauderdale, GalleryBar in New York, and Olin Gallery at Kenyon College, OH. She also works as an independent curator and consultant for arts organizations and independent projects.
Noguchi Breton (formally Versace Versace Versace and Guccivuitton) is a gallery founded in 2013 by artists Domingo Castillo, Loriel Beltran, and Aramis Gutierrez located in the Little Haiti district of Miami, Florida. Noguchi Breton presents creative content that reflects and critiques the regional and vernacular culture of South Florida. The collective challenges notions of authorship, the traditional role of the artist, and the value accorded to institutional structures by questioning the intersections of an artist-run space and the conventional white cube.
Loriel Beltran, Co-director, Noguchi Breton, was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1985. At age fifteen he moved to Miami where he attended Design and Architecture Sr. High, and later obtained a BFA from New World School of the Arts. His recent solo exhibitions include: Falsework, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL (2011); Labor Paintings, Locust Projects, Miami, FL (2009); Process/Processed, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL (2008). Selected Group Exhibitions: New Work Miami, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL; Store Front, Buena Vista building, Miami, FL; Jammed, General Practice, Miami, FL; Restage, The nightclub, Miami, FL (2012). Liquid Matter, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Summer Time Blues, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL; Home: Dream Home, Praxis international art, Miami, FL (2011).
Domingo Castillo, Co-director, Noguchi Breton, was born on October 31st, 1967 in Dallas, Texas. His father left him when he was 4 years old and since then, has had many stepfathers. In his teenage years, he was a poor student who got dismal grades and skipped school often. He was 18 when he was in the 10th grade, and dropped out of school. During the late 80s Domingo made a living by washing cars. He observed the culture and dancing of some of his peers, and later signed up at a local nightclub as a performer. He was natural at rapping and dancing and needless to say, the audience loved him.
Francesco Simeti: Swell | Press Release | Volunteer with HomeGrown | Exhibit by the Brooklyn Urban Garden School April 22-May 27, 2017 Opening Reception: April 22, 7-9pm Volunteer with HomeGrown: April 29, 12-4pm Exhibit by the Brooklyn Urban Garden School at Gowanus Canal Conservancy: June 3, 4-6pm Francesco Simeti presents Swell, a theatrical installation at […]
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