Michael Barrett's happenings engage cycles of physicality, gender, and identity that draw from his experience as a U.S. Marine, college athlete, and cancer survivor. For nearly, a decade and a half, his work has grown to include durational performances and complex installations, in which physically intense actions are composed in relation to specific architecture. Las Vegas Weekly describes Barretts work as,
"A brilliant manifestation for the former college football player and U.S. Marine who spent his entire life amid alpha males until cancer challenged his proverbial superman complex and forced him to reexamine life."
Barrett earned an M.F.A. in contemporary sculpture and has performed in Austria, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland and across the United States. He recently completed a performance spanning two months at the Clark County Government Center, in Las Vegas and is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for the Worlds Largest Jockstrap.
Selected solo and group exhibitions include the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts - New York City, the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Berkeley Art Center, Scope International - Basel, Switzerland, Psi 19 - Stanford University, Dopust 2016 - Vienna, Surface Gallery - U.K., SOMArts - San Francisco, Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center, Krowswork - Oakland, Hole of Fame - Dresden, and the Tucson Museum of Art.
At present, Barrett enjoys his position as an assistant instructor and Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona.