Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Florian Maier-Aichen at Blum & Poe

Florian Maier-Aichen at Blum & Poe
April 9 - May 14, 2011

You know what you are looking at is NOT real. Not real, in the sense that you could not stand at a particular point on this earth, raise your camera to your eye and see what Florian Maier-Aichen saw through his lens when he took these photographs. These places — these lakes, these snow-lined streets, these starry horizons — do not exist. The works are printed at such a gorgeous scale as to reveal themselves in their detail. It's true what the press release says, "The exhibition is poised at a sea change, with the artist's hybrid works fully resolved into gestural and handmade pictures." In a large work (in Gallery 3) depicting a bright blue night sky through silhouetted trees in a forest (detail below), the stars are scribbles on a vast background. The artist's hand is craftily revealed in gestures throughout the show. The inability to discern exactly where most of these gestures are is a testament to his impressive skill.

Florian Maier-Aichen, Untitled (detail), 2011
C-print, 86 x 61 1/2 inches framed

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