INSTALLATIONS

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Bruno Mars Sequin Wall (2017)

Bruno Mars Sequin Wall (2017)

Temperament (2016) at San Diego Art Institute

Temperament (2016) at San Diego Art Institute

(E)motions (2015) at San Diego Art Institute

(E)motions (2015) at San Diego Art Institute

Sing (2012)

Sing (2012)

Disintegration - Movement 3 - Broken Barriers (2009)

Disintegration - Movement 3 - Broken Barriers (2009)

Disintegration - Movement 2 - Lawyers, Guns and Money (2009)

Disintegration - Movement 2 - Lawyers, Guns and Money (2009)

Disintegration - Movement 1 - End Of The Ascent (2009)

Disintegration - Movement 1 - End Of The Ascent (2009)

Texter (2011)

Texter (2011)

Interference (2011)

Interference (2011)

Circlette (2011)

Circlette (2011)

Mime (2011)

Mime (2011)

Ravish (2011)

Ravish (2011)

Beside Myself (2011)

Beside Myself (2011)

Dreamer (2011)

Dreamer (2011)

Protection (2011)

Protection (2011)

Point of Departure (2009)

Point of Departure (2009)

Marilyn in Sequins (2013)

Marilyn in Sequins (2013)

Auras and Influence (2015) at Jacobs Center - San Diego, CA

Auras and Influence (2015) at Jacobs Center - San Diego, CA

Arc Electric Angel (2016)

Arc Electric Angel (2016)

Mixed Messages (2008)

Mixed Messages (2008)

Bruno Mars Sequin Wall (2017)

Interactivity and light adorn this 12,000+ sequin wall installation that measures 59 x 79 inches, featuring pop singer Bruno Mars. Enhance client experience at hotels, entertainment venues, and architectural structures. Commissioned, custom designs available.

Temperament (2016) at San Diego Art Institute

This interactive video installation changes depending on the distance of the closest viewer. From afar, the image of a meowing kitten appears, but then changes into a roaring tiger as the viewer approaches. Of course, many viewers are taken by surprise. This piece illustrates the range of feline temperament, much like the range of curiosity and fear experienced by the viewers themselves.

Christian Michaels
Temperament (2016)
Interactive Video installation
Customized Computer Software and Hardware
Variable dimensions

(E)motions (2015) at San Diego Art Institute

"(E)motions" was featured in the "Con/Text" exhibition at the San Diego Art Instiute in 2015. This interactive video captures it's viewers in time lapse as they elicit or respond to positive and negative emotions on the screen. The piece is designed to visually associate facial forms and colors with emotional characteristics.

Christian Michaels
(E)motions (2015)
Interactive video using customized software and hardware
Size Variable

Sing (2012)

(no audio)
Interactive, sequin portrait of singer Donna Summer composed of approximately 6000 sequins, mounted on black backing. The sequins shimmer and shine with changes in air flow.

Christian Michaels
Sing (2013)
Polyethylene on aluminum
60"H x 72"W

Disintegration - Movement 3 - Broken Barriers (2009)

"Disintegration" is a live performance combining improvisational dance with interactive video. It is comprised of three dance movements expressing recent American history. The events of 9/11, the war in Iraq, a struggling economy and the election of Barack Obama are addressed. Patricia Maldonado and Ivonne Vielman perform improvisational dance to a background of abstract live video based on their movements, created by visual artist Christian Michaels. Production assistance by Christina Cervantes. Filmed at Ray Street Studios in San Diego, CA, 2009.

Disintegration - Movement 2 - Lawyers, Guns and Money (2009)

"Disintegration" is a live performance combining improvisational dance with interactive video. It is comprised of three dance movements expressing recent American history. The events of 9/11, the war in Iraq, a struggling economy and the election of Barack Obama are addressed. Patricia Maldonado and Ivonne Vielman perform improvisational dance to a background of abstract live video based on their movements, created by visual artist Christian Michaels. Production assistance by Christina Cervantes. Filmed at Ray Street Studios in 2009.

Disintegration - Movement 1 - End Of The Ascent (2009)

"Disintegration" is a live performance combining improvisational dance with interactive video. It is comprised of three dance movements expressing recent American history. The events of 9/11, the war in Iraq, a struggling economy and the election of Barack Obama are addressed. Patricia Maldonado and Ivonne Vielman perform improvisational dance to a background of abstract live video based on their movements, created by visual artist Christian Michaels. Production assistance by Christina Cervantes. Filmed at Ray Street Studios in 2009.

Texter (2011)

This evolving series of video portraits strives to depict some element of the subject’s personality, or simply illustrate a moment in time. All are slower than realtime to enhance examination of this moment. None contain audio. All subjects were instructed to express themselves naturally in a way of their own choosing for one minute. These were inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous ‘Screen Tests’ from the 1960’s and ’70’s.

Christian Michaels
Texter (2011)
1 minute HD Video (no audio)

Interference (2011)

This evolving series of video portraits strives to depict some element of the subject’s personality, or simply illustrate a moment in time. All are slower than realtime to enhance examination of this moment. None contain audio. All subjects were instructed to express themselves naturally, in a way of their own choosing. These were inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous ‘Screen Tests’ from the 1960’s and ’70’s.

Christian Michaels
Interference (2011)
1 minute HD Video (no audio)

Circlette (2011)

This evolving series of video portraits strives to depict some element of the subject’s personality, or simply illustrate a moment in time. All are slower than realtime to enhance examination of this moment. None contain audio. All subjects were instructed to express themselves naturally for one minute in a way of their own choosing. These were inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous ‘Screen Tests’ from the 1960’s and ’70’s.

Christian Michaels
Circlette (2011)
1 minute HD Video (no audio)

Mime (2011)

This evolving series of video portraits strives to depict some element of the subject’s personality, or simply illustrate a moment in time. All are slower than realtime to enhance examination of this moment. None contain audio. All subjects were instructed to express themselves naturally for one minute in a way of their own choosing. These were inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous ‘Screen Tests’ from the 1960’s. In this case, the subject appears as she is an animated drawing on sketch paper.

Christian Michaels
Mime (2011)
1 minute HD Video (no audio)

Ravish (2011)

This evolving series of video portraits strives to depict some element of the subject’s personality, or simply illustrate a moment in time. All are slower than realtime to enhance examination of this moment. None contain audio. All subjects were instructed to express themselves naturally in a way of their own choosing for one minute. These were inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous 1960's ‘Screen Tests.

Christian Michaels
Ravish (2011)
1 minute HD Video (no audio)

Beside Myself (2011)

This evolving series of video portraits strives to depict some element of the subject’s personality, or simply illustrate a moment in time. All are slower than realtime to enhance examination of this moment. None contain audio. All subjects were instructed to express themselves naturally in a way of their own choosing for one minute. These were inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous 1960's ‘Screen Tests’.

Christian Michaels
Beside Myself (2011)
1 minute HD Video (no audio)

Dreamer (2011)

This evolving series of video portraits strives to depict some element of the subject’s personality, or simply illustrate a moment in time. All are slower than realtime to enhance examination of this moment. None contain audio. All subjects were instructed to express themselves naturally in a way of their own choosing for one minute. These were inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous 1960's ‘Screen Tests’.

Christian Michaels
Dreamer (2011)
1 minute HD Video (no audio)

Protection (2011)

This evolving series of video portraits strives to depict some element of the subject’s personality, or simply illustrate a moment in time. All are slower than realtime to enhance examination of this moment. None contain audio. All subjects were instructed to express themselves naturally in a way of their own choosing for one minute. These were inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous 1960's ‘Screen Tests’.

Christian Michaels
Protection (2011)
1 minute HD Video (no audio)

Point of Departure (2009)

This mirror-like improvisational dance was performed as part of a live video stream to UCLA's Open Borders media arts project on November 21, 2008. It was broadcast live over the internet while being performed - a collaboration between Patricia Maldonado, Christian Michaels, Andrew Lucas, and Adriene Jenik.

Marilyn in Sequins (2013)

Interactive, wall hung portrait of Marilyn Monroe composed of approximately 6000 sequins, mounted on black backing. The arranged sequins are designed to shimmer in changing light and air flow.

Christian Michaels
Marilyn in Sequins (2013)
Polyethylene on aluminum
72" x 60"

Auras and Influence (2015) at Jacobs Center - San Diego, CA

Light, sound, and motion interplay to communicate ideas about space, energy, and interaction with those around us. Circles of bright light jump and dance between faces of the artwork viewers themselves. the resulting video is continuously changing and dynamic - much like the interactions in our lives. Interactive video installation at San Diego's Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, March 2015.

Christian Michaels
Auras & Influence
2015
Computer hardware using customized software

Arc Electric Angel (2016)

This suspended installation slowly changes color as what could be construed as the spinal cord of the clear, fiberglas torso. Lampshade over head, this “readymade” piece seems to illustrate how our emotional core has the power to take over the body as well as the mind.
(This video contains no audio.)

Christian Michaels
Arc Electric Angel
2016
Fiberglas, Steel, Fabric, LED Lights

Mixed Messages (2008)

This is an LED wall sculpture that scrambles16 different common English sayings into 3 sections. Some of the newly assembled phrases take on new, profound meanings, while others appear to be amusing or nonsensical. Either way, it is entertaining see LED signage used in a new way.

Artist: Christian Michaels
Title: Mixed Messages
Year: 2008