Win Win 5 at NIAD Art Center

It’s that time of year again. Every Spring I try to make a new work for the NIAD’s annual benefit. This helps me experiment with new materials which often spawns ideas for upcoming series. Here I created ‘Evil’, a painted, wired word piece. The wire is gripped and screwed beneath a layer of concrete on a wood frame.

In June, I will be having a small solo show at NIAD. I’m thinking of calling it Medieval Modern. A modern rehashing and manupulation of all things medieval.

LA PERGOLAS : Oliver Hess

If you’ve ever driven on US101 through downtown Los Angeles or walked above the overpass on West Aliso street, you couldn’t miss this spine like metal sculpture. Underneath the span are colorful LED lights that subtly light the night. One of the main brain child’s of this project is Oliver Hess. We have been friends and neighbors at Keystone Art Studios currently in Glassell Park. Oliver happens to be one of the most humble cerebral geniuses I know. He runs Aperiodic Industries, a company that engineers some of Oliver’s creative endeavors.

This day a few friends gathered to help him paint La Pergolas using laser cut magnetic stencils. We spray painted camouflage layers of grey and silver to add texture to the steel.  To read more about this project: http://aperiodic-industries.com/projects/la-pergolas-build/

 

microHabitat @ Gallery Belljar

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Gallery Belljar presents Micro-Habitat new works by San Francisco artist Micke Tong.  This exhibition is site specific and devoted to the physical environments that surrounds, influences, and is utilized by the human species on a tender scale.  Micro-Habitat displays dynamic work that ranges from conceptual art  to drawings to installation sculptures which are made with low-rider inspired candy colored taxidermy forms infested by cities, pre-fab homes and other human dwellings made of wood.  The artist also explores San Francisco’s neighborhoods, creating facades that mimic Victorians, Edwardians and present day building aesthetics.

As an Art Director for Computers & Structures, Inc., a Berkeley company that helps three dimensionally engineer architectural designs for the likes of Frank Gehry, the currently developing Bay Bridge expansion and the new Freedom Towers in New York City, the artist gets to witness first hand the designs that has inspired his show.  He explains how he wanted to engage people to have more of a “God’s eye view” of their surroundings and to be conscious of the affects of imperial real estate on our habitat.

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 in Tokyo, Australia, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. 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.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 14, 2009
Where: Gallery Belljar, 3187 16th Street, San Francisco, Ca 94103

Public info & Event Schedule: http://www.belljarsf.blogspot.com/
Contact: Sasha Wingate 415-625-1749 or
email: belljarsf@gmail.com

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