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Michael Garfield is the Indiana Jones of live art. Since November of 2007, he has set up his easel in a legendary range of situations, from raging basement clubs to NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Airfield to New Year's raves in the Costa Rican rainforest – both onstage and off, and alongside internationally renowned visionary artists Alex & Allyson Grey, Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffmann, Mark Henson, Android Jones, Amanda Sage, Oliver Vernon, Mars-1, Kris D, and J Garcia. In addition to countless festival appearances, including Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Sonic Bloom, Rothbury, Rootwire, Trinumeral, Bear Creek, Motion Notion, Gem & Jam, Global Sound Conference, and Geoparadise...and he has held live art residencies for the Trilogy Lounge in Boulder (2008), the Mondrian Hotel's Pere La Chaise Lounge in Scottsdale (2009), and ActionPacker Pro Productions in New Orleans (2010). Michael also acts as a de facto voice and organizer for the growing live art community, spearheading festival live art and gallery teams and compiling an ongoing interview series, The Field Guide To Live Artists. Reflecting his training as a scientific illustrator, Michael’s live art is a field guide to the beings that emerge at the energetic nexuses of live music – the boundary-living electric winged spirits that crash into being through a dancing throng while he is a seismograph and portraitist, swaying to their breath. Improvised freehand with paint markers, each work emerges organically from the throb of the house and the crowd into cross-sections of fireworks and undersea faeries, closed-eye tessellations and luminous fossils…vivid scenes of unabashed intensity, verdant and exultant imagery written in the natural language of dreams.