Michael Garfield is the Indiana Jones of live painting. Since November of 2007, he has set up his easel in a legendary range of situations, from 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 including 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 making countless festival appearances, Michael has held live art residencies in Boulder, Phoenix, New Orleans, and Austin. But Sonic Bloom is his home court, and he’s totally pumped to be back for his fifth year as the festival’s Live Art Director.
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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.