My visit to NYC in May 2009 I visited Catalan Days an exhibit of art and performance.  Here is my short video of the interactive work of Marcel Antunez.

Marcel·lí Antúnez – “Metamembrana”
An ex-member of the Fura dels Baus who is internationally renowned for his mechatronic performances and his robotic installations, Antúnez has been displaying his interest in the human condition in his montages for many years. Metamembrana, the last of these, is no different. Metamembrana takes its inspiration from flamenco performances and is an audiovisual installation with tremendous interactive potential, consisting of a central projection and several interfaces, in which the role of the viewer is crucial.

You can find more of Micke Tong’s work at

Homes for Friends

Green, Blue, Sheila & Ken

Green, Blue, Sheila & Ken

With the help of Google Earth,  some friends get drawings of their habitats in San Francisco.  Black ink with white charcoal drawings on brown paper are all gifts.  Who says art isn’t free!?!

Do it yourself, get the addresses or go take a pic.  They make great personal gifts…

MetalMan Project volume 2

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.

See it Now, Buy it Now ($20) at Metal Man Project

Multitude: Drawings by Micke Tong

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 9, 2008
Where: Hotel Biron, 45 Rose Street, San Francisco,
CA 94102
Public info & Event Schedule:
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

Loquat, “Secrets of the Sea”, releasing Oct.14th

“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.

Back @ Sketch Tuesday June 24th, 2008

Sketch Tuesdays at 111 Minna

Been a little while but I’m back at Minna…

Sketch Tuesdays at 111 Minna Gallery

Live sketching/art making by local artists:

Nate Van Dyke
– Annie Galvin
– Hilary Pecis
– Brett Amory
– Jessica Whiteside
– Rogelio Martinez
– Mats!?
– Haejin Chun
– Michael Mason
– Elisheva Marcus
– John Mavroudis
– Mary Anne kluth
– Micke Tong
– Derek Weisberg
– Wednesday Kirwan
– Eric Joyner
– Colleen Sanders
– George Pfau
– Clinton Lowry

Sketch Tuesdays at 111 Minna Gallery

– ~ Please note that Sketch Tuesdays at 111 Minna Gallery will not be held every third Tuesday of the month as in the past, but it WILL take place on a certain Tuesday every month. Check here on to find out when the event is happening, or on the sweet newly re-done 111 site.

During the event we will be having ‘THE FIVE MINUTE ARTIST TALK’.
‘THE FIVE MINUTE ARTIST TALK’ is where our invited artist can describe her/his creative process, influences, or just take five minutes to talk about the president(s). This month’s talk will be Kris D., co-curator of the current monthly group show titled “365” at 111 Minna; if you missed the opening reception this is a nice chance for you to see the exhibit.

Admission is FREE, but 21+ and no babies, please.

-any further questions contact yr Sketch Tuesdays host:

111 Minna Gallery is pleased to announce the fifth ‘Sketch Tuesdays’ event of 2008. Each month the gallery hosts an evening of live art making featuring both established and emerging Bay Area artists. Inspired by Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally, 111 Minna offers patrons the opportunity to see local artists at work and get acquainted with them. It is also a way for artists to meet each other and to be inspired by each other’s creative process.

Sketch Tuesdays offers the local arts community a place to congregate, to talk, to create and to be seen. There is usually room for artists to just drop in and start drawing, but the good seats are reserved for the invited artists.  Art is for sale at reasonable prices and will be displayed until the event closes.

Revisiting Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO IN SACRAMENTO 2, curated by abstract painter Rene Fressola, Brooklyn boy extaordinaire. Went out to Sacto this weekend for a group art show at Deep Gallery. Every second Saturday plenty of people visit the downtown area to checkout lots of art in Old Town Sacramento. Here are a couple of reworks I made for the show. Figurative charcoal drawings with guoache paint on charcoal drawing paper/wood and resin. No Digital this time!

Some Peeps…

“ERWO”, this kid was walking from show to show selling handmade buttons on his boyscout sashay…I bought a few and some of you people will be receiving these cheap gifts from me 🙂

See More Pics of the Show

Benefit Benin

Finished a collaboration with THE LOVE MOVEMENT. An art panel that will raise money to help a small village in Benin Africa. Just a small gesture of how artists can really make a change in this world.

The top image is TLM’s finished product. The image below is my addition to their painting. Yes, those are .38 Special Luv Bullets…

“100 percent of the profits will go to buying suppliesfor the children of Benin. Each artist will be able to use his/her portion of money raised by the piece and decide what to send the children whether it be art supplies, soccer balls, clothing, nutrition, books etc.

This could be something really special that we as artists do for a small village, instead of donating money to a faceless charity you donate a tangible good to faces you will see in photos. Our good friend works in the Peace Corps there and the images she sends back of our contributions are priceless….”

The Love Movement

Dolly of Edinburgh meets the Llandscape of Tomorrow

Titled: Dolly of Edinburgh meets the Llandscape of Tomorrow

35″x35″ – Digital Illugraphy on Wood, Resin, 2007

I wanted to touch on the controversy of cloning and how Dolly was the premiere science experiment that has launched mankind to pass a bill for production of cloned meats. Dolly is the only other mammal, other than Jesus Christ, to be conceived without a father or through sexual means. Here she is depicted as walking on water in her afterlife.