Artist and designer Dopepope has released MetalMan Project volume 2. A second series of his ridicules 5th grade robot comic re-introduced and represented by many artists world wide. With this participation I inserted a digital illustration of drummer Chris Lautz of the band Loquat, looking Heavy Metal and feeling California. The illustrated comic book is 6″x9″ with 96 color pages with over 90 artists, which include Bay area local hero John Casey, wild man Ben Frost, Miss Monster, Stay Illustration, Allister Lee, 8-bit style’s of Army of Trolls and many more.
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 9, 2008
Where: Hotel Biron, 45 Rose Street, San Francisco,
Public info & Event Schedule: www.hotelbiron.com
Contact: Heather Bernard @ 415.703.0403 or
Opening on October 1, 2008, Hotel Biron and curator Heather Bernard is pleased to present a new exhibit featuring local San Francisco artist, Micke Tong. This show, titled “Multitude”, will display drawings in black ink on paper.
Multitude is a series of drawings that are based on the idea that “by unifying the many, a powerful visual message is conceived,” explains the artist. The same philosophy can be universal when applied to politics, architecture, wars and social environments. Tong’s drawings are populated by an expansive cast of human, animal, hybrid characters and mechanical objects. For this exhibit the artist uses repetitive imagery, based on inspirations of pointillism and his penchant for digital pixels per inch (PPI), to create a foundation for his drawings. Despite the works complexity the artist avoids any direct narrative, which he consequentially invites various interpretations.
Micke Tong is best known for his future forward digital illustrations filled with strong colors, unique shapes and unusual sub-text. Over the years his works have been displayed both Nationally and Internationally. Most recently he has illustrated the album cover, “Secrets of the Sea” for local band heroes, Loquat, participated in Damien Hirst’s elusive “Ducks” project in London, and will be published in Digital Art by Spain’s Mao Mao Publication. Tong resides in the Dog Patch District of San Francisco and is a graduate of the Academy of Art University San Francisco with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Arts. He was member of the former purist art group, Multi Media Art Collective (MMAC) and founder of The National
Alliance of Art Scenarios. You can find more of Micke Tong’s work at www.micketong.com.
“Secrets of the Sea” was created for Loquats next great album. This illustration was completed February 2008 and took close to a month to complete. All the hands that you see are yours truly. The album will be released October 14th, 2008 on Talking House Records. I’ve been fortunate enough to design the last 2 albums as well. On a more personal note, the band and I share a friendship lasting over a decade and I’m hugely proud of there momentum and hard work. Get to them on Myspace and give a shout out or go see them live at the Treasure Island Music Festival, Saturday, Sept. 20th with TV on the Radio, Port Obrien, Goldfrapp, Justice, Morning Benders, Hot Chip, CSS, Amon Tobin, The Dodos, Nortec Collective and other cool bands. Mid October, Loquat will launch a Mid-West to East Coast tour.