Ground Control pt.2 of a miniSeries

Part two in Micke Tong’s mini-Series, following 2009’s microHabitat, Ground Control survey’s the belief in religion, wealth, the super natural and how these belief systems coincide with Earth’s environment. The artist uses his sum of personal experiences and fantasies in mixed media to create sculptural landscapes, manipulating reality into minimal and aesthetically pleasing compositions. This mini-Series is again rich in color, using pearled car paints, enamels, and wood. There is also interesting use of acrylic plastic and metal Punk studs in which the artist adopts to symbolize people, lightening and a wall of power.

“As a young man I grew up Christian and was told God is omnipresent, he’s every where all the time.”, Tong recalls. This is the foundation for his “God’s Headquarters” pieces, where Heaven appears in urban and suburban environments. He also says,” Heaven wasn’t created for just one denomination…”. His curiosity of faiths also reaches to the Muslim world where the holy city of Mecca is portrayed. The artist explains,” I find it amazing that there’s a place in this world where a person is not allowed unless they wholly give themselves to the faith of Islam. It’s a powerful message”. Ground Control also takes a look at how mankind values wealth and the urge to believe in the supernatural such as space and time portals.

Micke Tong’s art is his way of assimilating into humanity, discovery of the self and manipulating wondrous historical events to make his statement. He believes that, like life, his art and processes will be ever changing making his work a personal memoir and conversation with the viewer. The artist carries his fascination with the unique and unusual into a wide range of mediums including drawing, painting, video, performance and art installations. You can find more of Micke Tong’s work at

Ground Control opens Saturday, April 3rd from 7:30PM-10:30PM at Public Barber Salon, 571 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Music provided by:
DJ Rantz (Fallout)
Anthony Gordon (Loquat)

Complimentary Refreshments

** Studio Visit and Interview with the Sardonian


SOEX: Monster Drawing Rally

March 5, 2010 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Southern Exposure’s
10th Annual Monster Drawing Rally
A live drawing event and fundraiser

Friday, March 5, 2010
6:00 to 11:00 PM
Donation: $10 & up
Location: Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St.
(between Potrero & Hampshire & 17th & 18th)

Providing the basic necessities of the drawing practice–pencils, charcoal, pens, markers, ink, and paper–Southern Exposure creates the context while the artists create the content of the drawings. The evening will consist of four one-hour shifts with approximately 30 artists drawing simultaneously each hour. As the drawings are completed they will be hung on the walls and available for purchase for $60 each. The Monster Drawing Rally promises to be an action-packed spectacle you won’t want to miss!

The Monster Drawing Rally provides a unique opportunity to watch a drawing come to life, and to purchase a work of art minutes after it’s completion. Proceeds from the event provide direct support for Southern Exposure’s Exhibitions and Artists in Education Programs.

Music delivered all night long by DJ Frau Holly.
Curbside tacos for sale and valet bike parking by the SFBC.
Generous donations provided by Nectar Ales; BridgePort Brewery, Portland OR; Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner TX; and Trumer Brauerei Berkeley.

Participating Artists
(as of March 3, 2010):
Seth Armstrong, Mara Baldwin, Mark Benson, Michelle Blade, Brad Borevitz, Sara Bright, Matt Bufford, Charlie Callahan, Monica Canilao, John Casey, Nancy Chan, Iris Charabi-Berggren, Jon Clary, Serena Cole, Richard Colman, Lisa Congdon, Jaime Cortez, Adrian Cotter, Lauren Davies, Ryan De La Hoz, Robin Denevan, Sonya Derman, Inga Dorosz, Lafe Eaves, Christina Empedocles, Rodney Ewing, Kristin Farr, Josh Farrell, Diana Fayt, Matt Furie, Amos Goldbaum, Veronica Graham, Katie Gray, Adam Green, Andres Guerrero, Henry Gunderson, Michael Hall, Jeffrey Hantman, Dana Harel, Nicole Hayden, Jesse Hazelip, Terry Hoff, Ian Huebert, Andrew Huerta, Kara Joslyn, David Kasprzak, John Kearns, Helana Keeffee, Kurt Keppeler, Christine Kesler, Michele King, Tashana Kjelland, Mary Anne Kluth, Ryan LaBonte, Dori Latman, Chris Leib, Justin Limoges, Alexis Lopez, Marina Luz, Brett MacFadden, Paul Madonna, Mitch Manitou, Elisheva Marcus, Vanessa Marsh, Jessica Martin, Monica Martinez, Sofia Mas, Mike McConnell, Anne McGuire, Honey McMoney, Dennis McNulty, Jeff Meadows, Robert Minervini, Yvette Molina, Matt Momchilov, Brendan Nakahara, Haden Nicholl, Juliette Oken, Olivia Park, Erik Parra, Nathaniel Parsons, George Pfau, Genevieve Quick, Kyle Ranson, Lisa Ricci, Lordy Rodriguez, Ariel Roman, Thorina Rose, Zachary Rossman, Jesse Schlessinger, Douglas Schneider, Zachary Royer Scholz, Paul Solis, Miriam Stahl, Kirk Stoller, James Strickland, Debra Stuckgold, Nick Sung, Julie Sutherland, Char Tan, Katy Tanis, Kevin Taylor, Sarah Thibault, Tracy Timmins, Micke Tong, Gina Tuzzi, David Valentin, Jamie Vasta, Ben Venom, Annie Vought, Victoria Wagner, Kathy Warinner, Jess Wheaton, Virginia White, David Wilson, Lena Wolff, Christine Wong Yap, Jesse Wright-Jackson