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. His festival appearances include Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Impulse, Desert Rocks, Sonic Bloom, Rothbury, Rootwire, Trinumeral, Bear Creek, Motion Notion, Gem & Jam, Global Sound Conference, and Geoparadise...and he has held live art residencies in Boulder (2008), Scottsdale (2009), and New Orleans (2010). Michael also acts as de facto journalist and organizer for a growing live art community east of the Rocky Mountains, spearheading festival live art and gallery teams and compiling an ongoing interview series, The Field Guide To Live Artists.
"[Michael's] illustrating, as Huxley would say, the 'antipodes' of the Divine Imagination."
- Alex Grey, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
"Super intense and completely focused...his attention to detail consistently raised the quality bar."
- Michael Travis (SCI, EOTO, Zilla)
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.