Michael Garfield – How To Live in the Future: New Live Painting, Custom Violin Case, & 2011 Calendar!

13 December 2010

New Live Painting, Custom Violin Case, & 2011 Calendar!

"The basic thing to remember about the electric media is that they inexorably transform every sense ratio and thus recondition and restructure all our values and institutions...We must understand that a totally new society is coming into being, one that rejects all our old values, conditioned responses, attitudes and institutions. If you have difficulty envisioning something as trivial as the imminent end of elections, you’ll be totally unprepared to cope with the prospect of the forthcoming demise of spoken language and its replacement by a global consciousness."

The above quotation is from one of the most amazing, inspiring, and somewhat terrifying interviews I have ever read, with media theorist Marshall McLuhan.  McLuhan's work has informed everything from CIA info-warfare to the invention of virtual reality, and it's uncanny how clearly he saw the tribulations of today's society through the mists of over forty years.


I do my best to keep everyone informed about these changing times by sharing cutting-edge news with Twitter and Facebook, but every once in a while I find something so awesome I have to shout it from the proverbial mountain tops...this interview is one of those.


And now on to your regularly scheduled program...

Anniversary Kelp
2010 11 14 Bear Creek, 11 28 Club TSI, 12 01 Freebird Live
(DJ Logic, Dumpstaphunk, Dirtay Sundays, Perpetual Groove)
24"x30" - paint markers on masonite
11"x17" prints for sale (1/$25, 2/$40, 3/$50) - email me

This one is a harmonic return to themes established in my first-ever live illustration (not technically a "painting," as this was before I discovered paint markers) way back in the misty recesses of November 2007...

Dedicated to Jarred Michael Trantham (aka Papa Smash), who is almost single-handedly responsible for putting the Jacksonville, Florida art scene on my map (and the maps of innumerable Jacksonville residents, who were once starving for culture and are now well-fed).

Also dedicated to Perpetual Groove, because they covered Peter Gabriel's "Digging in the Dirt" – a KILLER tune, both funky and heartfelt, and about shadow work, no less! – from the 1992 LP Us, possibly my favorite album of all time.


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Custom Hand-Painted Violin Case
2010 11 29 Jacksonville, Florida Studio Commission
Approx. 24" in length - paint markers on molded plastic
11"x17" prints for sale (1/$25, 2/$40, 3/$50) - email me

I love doing custom pieces for the opportunities they provide to explore new surfaces, themes, and textures.  I've done custom instrument cases before (like this one and this one) but this was the first on molded plastic – which is extremely high-fidelity and preserved the marker's full glossy shine.  Mmmm.

Dedicated to Jessica Burris, who trusted me with her violin case and made me some excellent cookies.  I hope this case inspires you to get out there with that fiddle and show the world what you've got...


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2011 Painting While Dancing Calendar
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I'm excited to share this season's featured item from my design shop:  a new twelve-month calendar with one of my favorite paintings from 2010 gracing each month.  Each 11"x17" page marks the passage of not merely our mundane seasons, but also the flow of cosmic forces through which we Earthlings travel...

These full-bleed calendars are only $30 each.  Given that my normal prints sell for not much less than that, this is the best possible deal currently available for my work!

Order yours (or purchase them as gifts) at my Arts Projekt design shop...and thanks for taking the time to check it out!  I'm always open to new ideas if you would like to see my artwork on an item you don't already see.

Next Week...

• A new live painting from Vibesquad & KiloWatts in Baton Rouge and my guest appearance at one of Tourmaline Todd's Austin, Texas art parties...
• New live paintings from the Fantastic Hosts holiday party in Denver and Cirque du Womp in Detroit...
• The last of five spontaneous unplugged music videos from the Light & Shadow Tour...
• Another entry in my interview series, The Field Guide To Live Artists...

In the meantime, get ahold of me if you have any art- or evolution-related questions, drink plenty of water (space heaters dehydrate you), and enjoy your holiday madness like you signed up for it! 

...cuz you did.  :)