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The Hell Brewers


The Hell Brewers

March 7—April 18, 2014
Receptions: 
March 14, 5-8pm + April 11, 5-8pm
Artist Talk: March 29, 11am

A Peek Into the Weird World of 
Dr. Flotsam 
and His Carny Clan

The art of Mike Shine and friends with special music guest, Beso Negro.

Featuring Helen Bayly, Joe Bender, John Butler, Ben Clarke, Colin Day, Blair Tom, and Calvin Wong

Including Mike Bennett, Jake Cortez, Spencer Cunningham, Kim Dittrich, Jonah Elias, Leonardo Ferlinghetti, Maxx Moore, Kyla Neugebauer, Cooper Shine, Riley Shine, Sawyer Shine, and Oliver Whitcroft

Mike Shine

Mike Shine’s painting based projects include large scale street murals, extensive installations, and performances- each united beneath his mythical character creation, Dr. Pyotr Mastolf Ilyas (Dr. Flotsam, for short). Mastolf Ilyas is Shine’s modern day version of Mephistopheles, crafted in the persona of a centuries-old Eastern European Carnival leader.

Dr. Flotsam and his carny troupe have been travelling the world for centuries, selling Hell Brew tonic, thereby granting unsuspecting “marks” their wildest dreams, and collecting their souls in return.  These transactions are often manipulated by the Dr., and he hints at his grand purpose (The World Riddle) by dropping tips in the paintings, murals, and performances.

Shine’s installations have been featured at SFMOMA, The SF Museum of Craft and Folk Art, The Laguna Art Museum, 941 Geary in SF, White Walls SF, And the Copro Gallery in Los Angeles.

Additionally, Dr. Flotsam’s medicine show is featured annually at the SF Outside Lands Festival- the epic 3 day concert event that historically sells out at over 150,000 attendees. “Dr. Flotsam’s Hell Brew Revue” features a stage surrounded by Shine’s swampy, backwoods carnival artwork creations, with performances by the Dr. as well as a series of local roots based musicians. The installation has been called “the must-see stage of the festival” by Rolling Stone magazine.

Mike Shine lives in works in the coastal town of Bolinas, CA.

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