Los Angeles

Florian Maier-Aichen

Blum & Poe | Los Angeles

In his recent exhibition at Blum & Poe (an identical set of works was shown almost simultaneously at 303 Gallery in New York), German-born photographer Florian Maier-Aichen brought a painter’s and draftsman’s eye to the practice of photography. While many photographers are still technical purists, Maier-Aichen marshals a refreshing diversity of approaches. To make Untitled (all works 2005), for example, he used a computer to draw a version of an existing photograph, making a new image in which one of two smokestacks is shown falling, almost striking the second. The only original element left unmanipulated is the view of the sky. Tacitly acknowledging the course of German photography since Bernd and Hilla Becher, the artist also engineers a critical extension of that lineage. In particular, he further questions the established tradition of landscape as subject.

In 20th Century Fox, Maier-Aichen

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