Opening reception: Saturday, January 21, 6–8pm
Blum & Poe is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by German born artist Florian Maier-Aichen. This will mark Maier-Aichen's third solo exhibit with Blum & Poe. This exhibition will feature ten large and small-scale photographs, continuing Maier- Aichenʼs challenge to established notions of landscape photography. The works employ techniques utilized throughout the history of photography, some of which have been digitally altered either in color, size, or a juxtaposition of imagery. The sceneries range from a sprawling sunny California coast lined with crimson treetops taken with infra-red film, to an aerial view of bicyclists racing through hills in the Tour de France, to a black and white seascape with an illusory appearance of a painting that is an albumen print, a practice almost no longer used in photography.
While beautifying and idealizing the subject matter, his digital interventions ultimately highlight the theme of reality versus a simulation of reality. Maier-Aichen invites the viewers to contemplate our perception of what is real and what we believe to be real. The more one examines his work, the more the photos surpass the initial aesthetic appeal to reveal a memory of what may never have been. Maier-Aichen creates a world where fact and fiction exist together and constructs a reality that makes us question what is right before our eyes.
Maier-Aichen will be included in the upcoming Whitney Museum of Art Biennial, 2006. In 2007 he will have a sole-exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Maier-Aichenʼs work belongs to such collections as the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He lives and works in Cologne, Germany and Los Angeles.
The works of the exhibition are currently on view in a corresponding show at 303 Gallery, New York.