Duran Mashaal Gallery, Montreal
To make his cameraless photographs, Michael Flomen collaborates with natural elements outside under the cover of darkness. Flomen exposes photographic film and papers to the natural elements. Among the works exhibited are photograms from the Central Park (NYC) series, made in The Loch. Continuing the Higher Ground series, new black and white and color photograms were made exclusively with the bioluminescent light of fireflies, ground and water from natural sources.
Flomen combines meditation and ritual actions in order to court the energies of the landscape in which the photograms are made. He creates an invitation for the unseen to expose itself. His photograms are documents of these events in the landscape.
Flomen makes photographs of things we do not see, but know are there.
“I am trying to take something quite ordinary and make people look at it again.”
“I am interested in expanding our visual vocabulary.”
“I am interested in giving form to things that have no form.”
“I make pictures of the earth, of humanity, of Nature, because this is where I am.”
Flomen makes pictures of realities. The images are born from memory, images that have been examined and melded with inner revelations. The photographs become a runway to the void, where infinite deepening to the openness might lead oneself into grace.