Michael Flomen

(Quebec, Canada + United States )

Michael Flomen

Oil and Water are miraculously combined in the photographic landscapes of Michael Flomen, Evan Lee, and Laura Millard. An impressive range of artistic processes are brought to bear on natural phenomena.

Michael Flomen works without a camera. His photograms are made after dark, possibly in a snowstorm, the hand- made photographic paper laid on the ground and flicked with light.. A summer evening finds him plunging a negative into a pond or a bucket where it is exposed by fireflies. The shapes, shadows, and highlights form intriguing all-over compositions.

These imaginative processes sparked by natural phenomena and expressed in fusions of media become sites of free association and self- discovery for the spectator.

Michael Flomen has been making photographs since 1968. He approaches photography in its essentials of light and chemistry and collaborates with nature to make both camera and cameraless pictures. Several books and catalogues have been published about his work, which may be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Fogg Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the George Eastman House, and the Norton Museum of Fine Art, among others. He lives and works in New York City, Vermont, and Montreal, where he was born in 1952.

Le Bain Mathieu
2915 Ontario St. East
Oil and Water: Michael Flomen, Evan Lee, and Laura Millard
September 8, 2005 – October 7, 2005
Wednesday to Friday 12:00-5:00pm
Opening Thursday September 8, 2005 from 8:30pm, the artists will be present

Michael Flomen, Breakthrough (2005).
Courtesy of the artist and Ricco Maresca Gallery