Michael Lundgren

Origin: American 1974

Michael Lundgren draws on a deep current in photographic tradition that takes the natural world as a seat of transcendence. Having spent his formative years in upstate New York, Lundgren was pulled west by the vastness of the desert. His first monograph, Transfigurations (2008) seeks to refine the value of the primitive landscape. Through photographic formalism, these images parallel the extremities of desert experience. Lundgren’s process depends on the creation of a body of work over time, with new images altering the course and meaning of the whole. This exhibition comprises work from Matter, a mythological manifestation of ruin and regeneration. By incorporating human artifacts alongside natural phenomena, the work probes the perceived divide between nature and culture. In the words of the artist, “Embracing a minimalist approach, the images navigate an octave of duality—burial and emergence, solidity and transience, deep and shallow time—the life of cells and the life of stone. The sequence is structured on the connotation of the images, building tension through color relationships and oscillating into black-and-white to enhance and disturb picture logic.”

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Geomancy Unseen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Geomancy Euqinom Gallery, San Francisco, California
2017 Matter Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
2010 Dove Mountain Ritz-Carlton, Tucson, Arizona
2008 Transfiguration Clamp Art New York City, NY United States

Group Exhibitions

2019 Nuit de la Photo – La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 2017
Mundo, Imagem, Mundo Galeria Hideo Kobayashi – Ipatinga Brazil
2016 Out of Obscurity Curated by Chris Littlewood – Flowers Gallery London United Kingdom
2014 Summer Selections II Joseph Bellows Gallery La Jolla, CA United States
Where There’S Smoke Fraenkel Gallery San Francisco, CA United States
2013 Looking at the New West – Contemporary Landscape Photography – The Fralin Museum of Art – University of Virginia Art MuseumsCharlottesville, VA United States


Archive Collections, Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art
Fralin Museum, Charlottesville, Virginia
Freeport-McMoRan, Phoenix, Arizona
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom
Brandts Museum, Odense, Denmark
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, California
Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas
City of Phoenix Portable Works Collection, Phoenix, Arizona
Riley, Carlock and Applewhite, Denver, Arizona
Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix, Arizona
State University of New York, Brockport, New York


2003 MFA in Photography, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
1997 BFA in Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York