Mike Gould is a Michigan-based laser, graphics, video and electronics artist. He was born and has spent most of his life in Ann Arbor. He has been a writer, photographer, Web designer, Macintosh support tech, and is now a full-time laser artist. Mike has been working with lasers, electro-optic components and industrial design since 2009, with a lot of experience in non-laser lightshows back in the 70’s. More recently, along with his Illuminatus Lasers troupe, Mike has created, performed and presented for thousands of people attending events at leading Michigan hotels. These include the Detroit Marriott Troy, the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, and the Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit. In 2013 he presented a 3-month exhibition of his art at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art. Entitled L is for Laser, the exhibit consisted of five major pieces, one of them interactive. That piece, A as in interActive, allowed visitors to control the laser projection by moving their bodies in front of a Kinect system. The Hands-On Museum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, hosted L is for Laser during the late summer of 2014. In 2015 he completed a music video which won his second ILDA Award in 2016. He won his third ILDA award for a laser photo in 2016, and a fourth ILDA Fenning Award for technical achievement in 2019. In 2018 he presented new piece called Lasing Nang Talung at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison WI, as part of their GLEAM Event. He exhibited Soleri, So Laser at the Canal Convergence light festival in Scottsdale AZ in November of 2019, Lunchboxing with Lasers at the Napa Lighted Arts Festival in 2020, the Legend of Sleepy Howell in Howell, MI in Oct. 2020, and FoolMoon in Ann Arbor in 2021. As principal designer/builder/artist with Illuminatus, Mike has assembled, inspired and motivated an experienced crew with a wide variety of talents. His motto: Runs With Lasers
Mike's ArtPrize Entries
These are Mike's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Mike's Past Work
These are images of past work that Mike has done.