R.C. May Photography Lecture Series: Michael Flomen
In his monumental photographs, Michael Flomen connects to the pulse and substance of the natural world. Working at night, he coaxes fireflies to trace their paths in bioluminescent light on sheets of film, as in the diptych Double Trouble, a recent gift to the museum. He takes swaths of light-sensitive paper—as large as 4 by 8 feet—outdoors and submerges them in ponds or lays them out on a winter meadow, catching the shadows of marine life or the rhythms of drifting snow. His contact with the environment is both physical and spiritual; his work documents environmental alterations, such as the effects of acid rain or shifts in aquatic life due to climate change.
Flomen splits his time between his native Canada, a cottage in Vermont, and New York City, where he has a studio. His work is in the collections of the Harvard University Art Museums; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Gallery of Canada; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.
Michael Flomen: Recent Work is on view at the Art Museum through May 5.
Michael Flomen, Double Trouble, 2001, printed 2014, chromogenic print (diptych), Collection of the UK Art Museum, Gift of Richard Mashaal
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