A Mid-Career Showcase
October 27 - December 15, 2023
This exhibition is a showcase featuring the evolution of forty year's Michael’s work and practice. It brings together a range of Pfleghaar's works—spanning paintings, sculpture, and drawings—that highlight his nuanced approach to form, color, and texture. From his early beginnings to recent works, the exhibition offers an in-depth look at Pfleghaar's evolving artistry and his lasting impact on contemporary art.
With a meticulous interplay of form, color, and space, Grand Rapids-based artist Michael Pfleghaar offers a profound exploration into the essence of life’s moments and memories. Originally displayed in this
Mid-Career showcase presents a vibrant, representational, and abstract collection, capturing life as observed and lived. The central premise of his work suggests that just as objects and spaces form the fabric of our existence, the way they are presented and juxtaposed reveals a landscape of memory, the stories they house, and the emotions they evoke.
Pfleghaar’s eloquent compositions, often inspired by the Japanese concept of ‘ma’ resonate with the influential New Topographics movement’s ethos, drawing attention to the often-overlooked spaces in our lives. His work echoes the thematic and compositional brilliance of photographers like Lewis Baltz and Robert Adams while integrating the modernist thought that art can be both a representation and an entity in its own right.
Born in Ohio, and growing up in Northern Michigan, Michael Pfleghaar pursued his passion for art, culminating in a rich academic foundation from the Lesley University College of Art and Design in Boston. Over the years, his pieces, a harmonious blend of sleek modern materials and vivid palettes, have graced both group and solo exhibitions nationally. His accolades are numerous, with his work being integral to renowned institutions’ collections such as the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, and the State of Michigan and Grand Valley State University.
Cultivate is thrilled to highlight Michael Pfleghaar’s significant contributions to the contemporary art landscape and takes pride in featuring his exceptional work in this solo exhibition.
On view from Oct 27 - Dec 15, 2023
Opening Reception Photos
About Michael Pfleghaar