Francine Fleischer

December 3, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Swim 9214
2013
archival pigment print
26.6" x 40"

image © Francine Fleischer
$2,600

Swim 3487
2010
archival pigment print
13" x 19.5"

image © Francine Fleischer
$1,400

Swim 0399
2013
archival pigment print
20" x 30"

image © Francine Fleischer
$1,800

Swim 3502
2010
archival pigment print
13" x 19.5"

image © Francine Fleischer
$1,200

Swim 3614
2010
archival pigment print
13" x 19.5

image © Francine Fleischer
$1,300

Swim 8132
2013
archival pigment print
20" x 30"

image © Francine Fleischer
$1,800

Swim 8162
2013
archival pigment print
20" x 30"

image © Francine Fleischer
$1,800

Swim 8549
2013
archival pigment print
20" x 30"

image © Francine Fleischer
$1,800

Swim 8725
2013
archival pigment print
20" x 30"

image © Francine Fleischer
$1,800

Swim 8750
2013
archival pigment print
20" x 30"

image © Francine Fleischer
$1,800

Swim 8780
2013
archival pigment print
20" x 30"

image © Francine Fleischer
$1,800

Swim 9226
2013
archival pigment print
20" x 30"

image © Francine Fleischer
$1,800

Francine Fleischer

Swim

For her Swim series, Francine Fleischer photographed recreational swimmers enjoying the refreshing waters of a Mexican cenote. Underground caverns such as this form when the collapse of limestone bedrock exposes the groundwater underneath. It is thought that the Mayans used these sites for sacred rituals, infusing the cenote—and, subsequently, Fleischer’s images of it—with a sense of the magic and mystery of what came before. The artist’s large, Caravaggio-esque photographic prints are also mesmerizing objects in-and-of themselves, as Fleischer transforms scenes from a popular tourist destination into seductive compositions of colorful human forms contrasted against the cenote’s dark waters, enticing viewers into the beautiful, murky depths of each image.

“When I look down on the swimmers in these inky waters, it is a bit like looking down the rabbit hole into another world. Sometimes it is an allegorical scene illustrating my subterranean dreams, other times I am a merely a voyeur, capturing the body politics and random scenarios, the contradictions of light and dark, levity and gravity, reality and revery, tribulations and joy and of course sinking and swimming. Each time I return here, I am drawn in by these contradictions, the human conversations and the random choreography below.”

Francine Fleischer is a photographer based in Sag Harbor and Brooklyn, New York, and holds a BFA in Painting and Photography from SUNY at Purchase. Fleischer began her career in photography as a camera assistant and printer for Annie Liebovitz, Kelly Klein, and Michel Comte, and has since gone on to photograph editorially and commercially for national and international publications and clients. Swim was recently presented in August 2014 at the Mt. Rokko Photo Festival in Kobe, Japan, as well as at the Photo Off festival in Paris and at the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut in November of this year. In 2015, select images from Swim will be exhibited at Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago as part of the CTRL+P Project, and Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, Indiana will host a solo show of the series.