Michael Garfield – How To Live in the Future: Three New Studio Paintings

17 November 2009

Three New Studio Paintings

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2009 10 28 - Snowday Vajras
18"x24" - opaque pens on masonite
original and signed 11"x17" prints available
This is the sequel to my piece Vajrayanarama...the feminine counterpart, the little sister. Getting twenty three inches of snow in one day meant cozying up at my friend's house with some pens and trying new techniques. This one started with a trellis of the Islamic Breath of the Compassionate pattern on naked masonite, covered by a semi-transparent layer of fat-tipped green marker. It inhabits a weird liminal zone between rigid geometry and curvaceous floral persuasion.

2009 11 08 - Hypnagogic Dream Tunnel
18"x24" - opaque pens on masonite
original and signed 11"x17" prints available
Start with a fake-woodgrain brushed dichromatic background. Fill with semi-regular tesselating geometric "cookiecutters." Bake for six to eight hours on your friend's couch. Presto: a breathing molten fountainscape.

2009 11 11 - Your Heart Sings Renewal
20"x30" - opaque pens on masonite
original and signed 11"x17" prints available
I couldn't get enough of the style so I came back for more. There's something simultaneously trendy-graphic-design and eyes-closed-on-psilocybin about these in a way that has always eluded me... Given my tenaciousness this will probably end up being the second in my first actual themed series of paintings. Semi-metallic purple and intense lime green pigments really make this glow in person, and if you look closely the hearts have little fountains running out of them (hence the title).