Inside Out marks the first time Michael Flomen creates an environment with his photographic works, which continue to be a dialogue with nature. Since his 2006 exhibition at the gallery, Teeming, Flomen has experimented further into the elemental and phenomenal worlds in nature revealing visions and experiences we seldom see and feel in our increasingly expanding destruction and dominance of the planet. His new Scuptarama, a section of an abandoned building, is a stage to place and provoke the viewer of where we are, who we are, and what we are doing.
Also included in the exhibition are several unique gelatin silver photogrammes from the series Littoral Zone and his most recent photographs from the series Crunchtime. The image, Genesis 15, 2009, is a photogramme of what one can consider as a moment of creation, a new hope in our evolution.
Flomenâ€™s work has been exhibited extensively in Canada, the United States and abroad. It can also be found in public collections throughout the world, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
In my work, lines of action help me generate drawing intuitively as well as through shapes and patterns found in many walks of life and cultures. Whether this process emerges from an obsessive compulsive disorder is a legitimate question. Ultimately, though, my goal is to relax viewers and to provoke in them an almost hypnotic state through the explorations of multiple, interconnected forms.
Sterz uses subjects of natural phenomena, typically light, color and movement for his installations. Intended always to accommodate the viewer and elicit a spontaneous aesthetic response, Sterz directs the gaze towards the infinite variety and power of the natural world. His use of industrial materials and installation techniques give the work a playful, childlike approach; yet recede in the presence of the subject matter â€“ the reminder of natureâ€™s presence within and without the self. The intention is to stimulate emotion with visual information.
Sterz exhibits his site-specific installations throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. He has participated in numerous international art fairs including Art Basel and received grants such as from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.
Project Room: KEVIN HART
Line of Action
In these pieces I am not trying to dazzle with brilliance, baffle anyone with long winded rhetoric, or generate dialogue via shock art. I just want to make work that can be enjoyed with no exclusions. These pieces are all hand drawn and the backgrounds are either water color, oil paints, or more pen work. As time passes the foundations of my work have stayed the same, yet new ideas and methods are constantly being implemented in an attempt to make each piece unique.
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