Takashi Murakami and Pico Iyer

Just picked up tickets to see Murakami in conversation. Saw John Waters and Jeff Koons and that was fun to see what they had to say.  Jeff wasn’t much of an open book, but Waters, lordy, he was hilarious.  I could have just listened his stories all night.

Internationally prolific contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, who is represented by 11 works in the Broad collections, will be in conversation with author and longtime resident of Japan Pico Iyer.

Thursday, May 29 | 8 p.m.
Orpheum Theatre
842 Broadway, downtown Los Angeles
General admission tickets: $12

Mythical Beast: !Operation Salvation!

Mythical Beast Part 1: Operation Salvation!
Presented by Idol Wild
Music Performed Live by Scott Allen Perry
Original Score by Eric Becker
Filmed and Documented by Eric Curtis
Created and Produced by Artist Micke Tong
Art Performance at Keystone Art Studios, Los Angeles
http://mythicalbeastproject.com

My first live show for MBP since I moved to Los Angeles, Oh yeah, I moved to Los Angeles. So much fun.  Thanks to all who made it out to see the performance.  More to come.

Matt Momchilov: They Really Want You.

We were first introduced to Unspeakable Projects, a live/work gallery located in SOMA, at Art Pad SF, which took over the rooms at the Phoenix Hotel in the Tenderloin district last spring. The first image we came upon at Unspeakable Projects’ booth at Art Pad was an intricate painting of an anonymous figure tea bagging a portrait of President Ronald Reagan. Although political in nature and sophisticated in technique, we knew that Matt Momchilov had the potential to make waves in the contemporary art scene. Read more at SFist

http://mattmomchilov.com/
http://unspeakableprojects.com/

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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Metamembrana

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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 www.micketong.com.

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: www.hotelbiron.com
Contact: Heather Bernard @ 415.703.0403 or
email: macerin103@hotmail.com

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.

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 Fecalface.com 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.
Web: http://www.111minnagallery.com

-any further questions contact yr Sketch Tuesdays host:
bka@bradkalder.com

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.