|Max Michaels has been called a prolific artist and his influence on his local and regional scene is unmistakable. In 1992 he first published MOVEMENT magazine independently with his own creative outline in mind, focusing on the music and arts scene. Well over a decade later he is still publishing the magazine which has correspondents across the county and around the world. Publishing the magazine has lead him into dozens of other projects including gallery exhibitions of his Rock and multimedia photography, club & nightlife promotions, music and talent management, and film production. This is his official web site with quotes from notable peers and a detailed outline with links to the many projects - some retired and some are still evolving to this day - that were all spawned from the creative mind of this Jacksonville, FL native.
CONTACT MAX MICHAELS:
"You are officially a pillar of the community,
in the shadows lurking."
"Max Micheals is still my hero.
We gotta thank you for being the
greatest inspiration a zinester in Duval
could ever have."
- Section 8, scene
zine - Jacksonville, FL
"At first glance, Max Michaels doesn't look like the type of guy
who makes an economy soar. In Michaels' case, he has had a
pretty direct impact on Jacksonville's economy: Michaels and his
business partner, Nathaniel Thorin, produce Movement Magazine,
decorate nightclubs, design Web sites and handle a host
of tasks that combine art and business.” "
- Timothy J. Gibbons, The Times-Union article "The Cool Factor"
"I really think you should teach here at my school.
Everything that you have tried to instill in employees of the
magazine, club and other ventures [for free] they are teaching
college kids at outragous prices!"
- Alisha E., Movement intern
"You are brilliant!!!"
- Steve Williams - PedestrianProjects.com, Jacksonville, FL
"You are the man and keep fightin the good fight.
- Moxxi Saint Claire, Experimental Theatre Performer/Writer
"Awesome, thanks Max!!! Your writing is entertaining!"
- PARAMOUNT pictures representative for CLOVERFIELD review
"We LOVE it! We really feel like you understand
our creative and professional vision!"
- Karen Barnes for web site design of NinjaLife.net
"I like this professional shit!!!"
- Martin Atkins (Invisible Records) for Sheep On Drugs tour design
"MAX you are a Genius!!""
- Dj Catharsis on flyer design for Canvas of Sound
"FANTASTIC, GREAT, BEAUTIFUL, HIP, ETC -
Truly looks awesome."
- Troy (Museum of Contemporary Art) on flyer design for Canvas of Sound
"Max has done it again. He freakin' rules!"
- Amanda (WaxCreative/DreamCon) for flyer design
"You're so kind showing things in such detail.
You're such a wiz!"
- Gunnel (Edge City) on design advice
"Just want to compliment Max on the great job he did."
- Ralph (MDRsterling) on Illustrator design for shopping bags)
On Nightlife Promotions:
"You should certainly be proud of the scene
you've contributed to ... everyone spoke so
highly of you. I know they are lucky to have you!"
- Bradley - CHANT, Austin TX
"Thanx for making [Skinny Puppy]
happen here in Jax Max!"
- Anne K.
"I truly feel I found my new home at the FACTORY!!!I
Love it!!! Truly adore it!!! See you there!!!"
- Velvet Kisses
"[FACTORY] is the best damn club!
Keep up the fantastic work!"
- Rik& Matt of EARTH EMPIRE
"For the record.. This past weekend was my second time
at Factory. I love the people, the music, and everything
you bring to Jax. I will definetly be around more often and
thanx to those who work hard to keep this club going!"
“Dark, twisted, and ominously beautiful.”
Darren Lynn Bousman,
director of REPO! The Genetic Opera
"For those of us whose tastes are firmly entrenched in the macabre, it's easy
to fall in love with the dark world Michaels has created. But what truly sets
him apart is the fact that he creates every photographic element in each
piece. In this day of appropriation where 'works of art' are comprised of
clip-art and digital 'found objects' from the virtual junkyard of the internet,
it is commendable the pains he's taken to create every corner of his
strange and wonderful world."
filmmaker, Musician, Artist
Max Michaels has an artistic vision that uses the human body
not merely as inspiration, but rather as the frame work for
conceptual, political, and social commentary. The images range
from beautiful to horrific, but rarely wander from their focus on
anatomy as the mechanism of art-making, as opposed to its
subject matter. Although constructed through photographic
elements, the images contain a sculptural quality and each
structure takes on a scientific aesthetic. The human figure
is eerily warped into 'Frankensteinian' creations built to
represent a perspective of the world, but always containing an
element of shock. In his art, the sanctity of the human body
is often violated, and this serves to jar the viewer into feeling
the concept, even before the analytical mind can grasp it.
of The Crüxshadows
“Max, with camera always in hand, stitches together
an appropriately creepy, living dead world littered
with the segmented worms of his own adventures.
Of course nothing but fun is to be had in the real
world with Max, yet he neatly manages to sculpt
the Sturm und Drang, trauma induced peeking,
just behind his eyelids.”
“I love what Max does, just like in a good remix or
production of a song - the manipulations, the days
of messing and leaps of thought mesh into one
co-hesive thought - a unique signature.
Pretty rare to see these days.”
INVISIBLE Records/PIGFACE founder
"Max's work exists somewhere out on the periphery
between classic surrealism and his own
twisted dream logic."
of American Memory Project and ohGr
"GROTESQUE poignantly explores the dark side of cybernetics ...
of man and machine combined. A future that haunts the
dark corners of our minds."
of the band A.i.
"The galleries are fantastic. I really liked 'Grotesque'
'No Resolution' and your 'Voyeur' series.
I also like how diverse all the work is, as well."
of Tweaker/Nine Inch Nails
"I love it.... very interesting images."
artist of ancient arcana and modern technologies
"This is the stuff nightmares are made of.
Awesome, and utterly fantastic to observe."
- Brett Hudson
"While browsing I found your artwork.
I wanted to say that I think you are
an entirely twisted genius.
I am absolutely astounded by your work."
- J. Kallio
"Your Art Is Amazing! This is just amazing
and I wanted to let you know
that I think your art is great,
the work of a very talented person!"
- Juan Cabana
Quotes on FAERIE PERIL, Max's first film:
- Matt Soergel - Movie critic - The Florida Times Union (Jacksonville.com)
"It looks like Dave McKean and Jim Henson had a love child."
- Avery Butterworth
Merger Studios (www.mergerstudios.com)
"I really enjoyed your film and look forward to
screening it at the Museum."
- Allison Graff - Director of Education - Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art
"The piece is faerie cool. Great use of music,
I am happy to participate. You are so talented
and it really is great to collaborate with you."
- Curse Mackey
Grim Faeries, PIGFACE, Thrill Kill Kult
deComposer of the musical score for Faerie Peril
"Faerie Peril reminds me of Curse."
- Xtina X
deComposer of the musical score for Faerie Peril
-Abra, age 7. Spawn of Curse and Xtina
Publishing house for all MOVEMENT art and fiction books.
Music, arts and culture indie zine in print since 1992, online since 1998.
GO JAX App / EVENT CALENDAR
1996 - Ongoing
Entertainment resource. My print Event Calendar reinvented the way
local businesses look at their advertising in the 90s-00s. In 2015 I converted this into the GO Guide and created the GO JAX app to compliment the print version. in 2017 I moved the print magazine to an E-zine inside the app.
side projects include:
1999 - Ongoing
Formerly a local music label now used to promote free local music.
(New Site Coming Soon)
and Graphic novel publishing e
(New Site Coming Soon)
JAX BLACK BOOK
2002 - Ongoing
Once an in-print pocket sized phone book, now a new interactive map coming soon to the GO JAX app.
2002 - 2005 (retired)
for Historic Five Points
Producer of Nerdy Conventions & Events:
Southern Georgia and North Florida areas largest multi-day pop culture event on beautiful Jekyll Island, Georgia at the beach side convention center.
A series of one day mini-cons and events throughout the year.
Co-produced this Jax con. Has since left the show over differences with the direction and changes in the show made by the other partners.
THEMED CLUB NIGHTS:
Jacksonville's first Synthwave night.
Jacksonville's first Nerdcore night with video games and stage shows.
Dark Alternative with DJs, live shows, and special perfornances.
HALO / EROS / SACRIFICE
Thee Imperial (Downtown Jax)
DJs Alex Pagan and John Carraway
The French Quarter
Alternative Dark Fetish Burlesque Theatre.
Promotional director for alternative theatre by Mistress Kitten
a hard edged club environment. Alternative live staged and improv theatre. Hosted by Klinger of Planet Radio
The Marquee Theatre (formerly Club 5)
Alternative Dark Theatre.
Promotional director for alternative theatre by Moxie Laune'
a hard edged club environment. Live alternative improv theatre.
Co-creator and promotional director of the Studio 54 styled Fetish Theatre night. A remarkably popular night club event every Saturday night at Club 5 in Historic 5 Points under the direction of maverick venue owner Bruce Chambers. Average 800-1200 patrons each Saturday. Night consisted of Fetish theatre shows by Blixx & Ravynn and Mistress Kitten with special guests, Drag shows and specialty acts (i.e. magicians and side show performances). Directorial duties include booking bands, Dj’s and party themes, as well as creating logos, flyers and ads.
THE DOMINION (Tuesday / Saturdays)
The Continent / Fat Kat
DJs John Carraway and Tristan
In the beginning the Dominion started in Club 5’s backstage as a Tuesday night Gothic promotion with Dj Ian Fford (who is currently a resident at New York’s most popular Goth nights) With the addition of the live action role-playing game VAMPIRE: the Masquerade the club requested a Saturday night be added. Bringing in the legendary talents of Dj Myk World the night flourished, on some nights matching the numbers of the main club. Due to renovations the night had to be shut down, but resumed six months later when the Continent asked to pick up the night. The one night a week promotion lasted for approximately eleven months until the club was closed. The Dominion briefly reopened at XANADU for a three week stint in 2000.
Resident DJ Jeremy McDonald
Guest Dj's included Robert Goodman, Shake, NOVA, Ray Mueler,
Darel Duke, Crown One and many more.
MONDAY @ MAX'S (Mondays)
Club 5's Backstage
A weekly club promotion, Monday at Max’s was a weekly gathering of friends and Dj’s for socializing and good music. It began at Max’s house and the night became so popular it was moved to a night club environment. Halcyon, a Wednesday night promotion shared by Max and Dj Jeremy, featured Dj’s from Jacksonville and around Florida. Creators of promotional campaigns like “Where were you on Monday?”, “Free OJ” night (in honor of OJ Simpson they gave away free orange juice) and “Old Rave Night”, a night dedicated to the classic hits from the beginnings of the musical phenomena soon to be known as electronica.
OTHER PROMOTIONS & SERVCES:
JAX MOVIE MOB
1997 - Ongoing
Partnered with all the major motion picture studios to promote their new releases with advance screenings and giveaways through a combination of print advertising, remote events, and parties.
1998 - Ongoing
Design and decorate themed events and club band imaging development from the name, logo, interior, exterior designs, and talent acquisition.
An amazing collection of the photography of Max Michaels from the pages
of MOVEMENT magazine. Aa visual doumentary of the Alternative/Electronic icons of the 90's to present.
**COMING SOON IN PRINT**
LOCAL BAND PHOTGRAPHY
A collection of portraits and promo shots of local Jacksonville bands.
*See Local Band album at:
An series of surreal photography composed entirely of original
photographs by Max Michaels. Publshed in a 64 page full color book.
The 3 follow up mini-series to 'GROTESQUE' of surreal photography composed entirely of original photographs by Max Michaels. Publshed in a full color book.
A project of uncropped and unedited photos taken during a trip to New York City by photographer by Max Michaels without looking through the lens of the camera. Publshed in a full color book.
A collection of photos from Max Michaels personal collection.
**COMING SOON IN PRINT**
MAX MICHAELS Art + Design
1993 - Ongoing
MAX MICHAELS Art + Design is a specialty prepress design house creating the "look and feel" for cleints as well as logos, flyers, business-cards, invitations, gift-certificates, posters, CD and album art, promotional photosand press materials for bands and events, stage scrims, security laminates, T-shirts, playbills, stickers, etc. for clients from indie to corporate.
2002 - Ongoing
Producer, writer, director, visual artist, prop builder for short films and music videos.
*NEW YOUTUBE PAGE COMING SOON*
1999 - Ongoing
personal management and consultation.
*NEW SITE COMING SOON*