Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts - Visiting Artist Talk: Michael Flomen - "Higher Ground"
- By Steve Kostell
The photographer Michael Flomen will present a talk, “Higher Ground”, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in Williams Hall room 301 at The University of Vermont. The talk is sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History, and supported by the Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts.
Michael Flomen was born in Montreal in 1952. He began taking photographs in the late 1960s, and has been showing his work on several continents since 1972. He has been a darkroom printer and collaborator for many artists, including for Jacques Henri Lartigue’s traveling exhibition in Canada and the United States in the mid 1970s. Flomen’s first book of “street photographs,” inspired by Henri Cartier Bresson’s formalistic mode of photographic picture making, was published in 1980, followed by “Still Life Draped Stone” in 1985. Flomen switched camera formats in the early 1990s, photographing snow and producing works under the title RISING. For the last fifteen years, this self-taught artist has used camera-less techniques to collaborate with nature. Various forms of water, firefly light, wind, and other natural phenomena are the inspiration for his picture making.
Michael Flomen’s work is in the collections of George Eastman House, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Norton Museum of Fine Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.
An overview of Michael Flomen’s work can be found here .