Florian Maier-Aichen’s defiant new works at Baronian_Francey in Brussels

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BRUSSELS.- For his third exhibition at Baronian_Francey, Maier-Aichen continues his practice of picking apart and expanding notions of photographic representation. Many works in the show rely on a fully hybrid model of image production. Utilizing practices of photography, painting and drawing in equal measures has allowed the artist to explore the myth of image-making in pursuit of a new form of the ideal photographic document. Their poetic nature and monumental status represent layers of media and processes, rendered in both the field and studio. Above all, the artist’s practice of image making is a subversive one, fully cognizant that only in the commingling of genres can an original view emerge. The images can originate from sources as varied as documentary or textbook photos to escapist landscape paintings. From there, the artist’s visual vocabulary and broad technical repertoire take over. Florian Maier-Aichen’s d