Michael is available for studio tours. He is located 30 minutes outside of L.A.
I was born and raised in a small town in Ohio, my early artworks were emotional expressions stemming from the predictable and unpredictable traumas of growing up in lower middle-class America. As I've matured and become educated I have tried to stay away from the larger political and philosophical issues. Instead I have come to believe that wisdom and respect begin with a knowledge of one's self and that the individual is every bit as complex as the civilization in which they live. Change begins with the smallest unit and I believe that happiness is success.
After graduate school in 1985 I pursued training in neon fabrication. At that time it was considered a dying craft. My continued use of the this material and the teaching of neon techniques not only further it's use in the fine arts but also helps to preserve this difficult and amazing craft for future generations.
Neon, more properly luminous tube, has been my medium of expression for nearly a decade. It has replaced the paint and sculptural materials I used as a student. I'm ever mindful of the compelling nature of this pure, colored, glowing light and the tendency of many to see “all things neon” as signage or kitsch. It is my experience that the more traditional viewer and critic resist seeing neon as a fine art medium.
My work reflects a fascination with the symbols of language, technology and how they influence popular culture. I describe animals, machinery, etc. and utilize various forms of language. The various “components” inhabit my internal landscape. I bring forth and arrange this highly idiosyncratic material to create pictograms, ideograms and rebuses, surely the effects of my unconscious. Through the creation of these pieces I work through and process personal issues and attitudes. Each piece is a complete record of that process. In spite of this focus on my “inner self”, this work is for everyone. To that end the figures are recognizable and the compositions are “pleasing to the eye.” And if the viewer wants more, they can apply there own meanings and interpretations which I feel are as relevant as my own.
Because many of the pieces are so enigmatic, I post an interpretation. Often the viewer has overlain their own meanings. Because of certain psychological theories, I believe their ideas and interpretations are as pertinent and valid in this exchange as mine.
"A-Mazed : Doing Our Level Best"
46"W x 22"H x 4"D
Michael Flechtner is a talented inventive and I would say ingenious neon artist. If you have a project that needs something special then let's go see Michael Flechtner in his fabulous studio in the valley.