AMPLIFY: Keystone Art Gallery, Los Angeles

Keystone Art Gallery and artist, Micke Tong, present Amplify, a multi-disciplinary exhibit which speaks to the universality of human connection through a collection of memories, popular, personal, and philosophical. In the absence of sound, Amplify is instead visually suggestive, signaling to the audience to realize their own internal soundtracks when observing Tong’s narrative work. Personal mental notes and events are influenced, embellished, and even distorted by the artist, fashioning new memories and giving aged and faded thoughts new meaning.

The ancient Greeks had an elaborate method to remember complex trains of thought. They called it the “Memory Palace,” also known as the method of loci. It works because research suggests people are much better at remembering things they can see, rather than raw facts or abstract concepts. – Robert Roy Britt / The Art and Science of Remembering

Tong rewrites his own ‘Memory Palace’ in Amplify. He does so by transferring pieces of his memory onto blocks of subway tile, by way of advertising, as brands, prints, collectibles, sculpture, and objects. Through this categorized and reflective process Tong hopes to trigger a memory between viewer and artist. The artist states that, “if our experiences are shared, then there lies the hope of creating a feeling of inclusion. Commonality is our bond.”

As a New Media Arts graduate of Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Micke Tong continues his exploration of mixed media works, sculptural art installations, and vector illustrations. His last solo exhibit, Medieval Modern, materialized at the NIAD in Northern California with Director Timothy Buckwalter. Tong is a resident artist at Keystone Art Space complex, Los Angeles, and founder of visual arts agency and gallery Idolwild.

Please join us on Saturday, August 28 from 5pm to 9pm for the opening reception. The exhibit will run from August 21 – September 6, 2021 and is open to the public from 12pm-5pm Monday-Friday and by appointment. Keystone Art Space and Gallery are located at 338 S. Avenue 16, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Libations, culinary delights and parking on the premises.