Florian Maier-Aichen at 303 Gallery

For years, Florian Maier-Aichen stayed dedicated to analogue approaches to photography; his latest digital images – created with Photoshop’s Lasso tool – have the joyful energy of a new convert. (On view at 303 Gallery in Chelsea through Dec 22nd).

Florian Maier-Aichen, Untitled (Lasso Painting #3), inkjet print, 90 ½ x 68 1/8 inches, 2016.

Thomas Bangsted at Marc Straus Gallery

Danish photographer Thomas Bangsted’s WWII scenes at first read as strangely hi-res documentary images until revealed as masterpieces of reconstruction. Photographing objects and vehicles from war museums and collectors, building his own props (like the life raft in the foreground) and tracking down remaining ships, Bangsted pictures the maneuvers that won the war, including this episode in the Allied effort to sink one of the largest warships ever made. (On view at Marc Straus Gallery on the Lower East Side through Dec 10th).

Thomas Bangsted, Port of Embarkation (Lady Liberty SS Margaret Knight), pigment print, 85 x 115.8, 2012 – 2017.

Paul Bulteel at Anastasia Photo

Belgian photographer Paul Bulteel spent a career focusing on energy and sustainable practice; lately, he’s expanded on his professional experience with ‘Waste Not,’ a photo series shot at European waste recycling facilities. Bulteel’s eye for color and composition make materials intriguingly strange (this pile of mixed metals suggests hair) while demonstrating what efforts go on to recycle and reuse. (At Anastasia Photo on the Lower East Side through Nov 22nd).

Paul Bulteel, “Tinned copper wire, typically used in electrical motors. The different metals (copper, nickel, lead, and tin) are separated in a pyro-metallurgical process. Lead and tin are further separated using vacuum technology.”

Matthew Pillsbury at Benrubi Gallery

Using his signature long exposure technique, Matthew Pillsbury turns his lens for his latest show, ‘Sanctuary’ at Benrubi Gallery, on basic rights – assembly and expression – that are often taken for granted. Here, a participant pauses in front of Matthew Chavez’s ‘Subway Therapy’ project, which provided pens and post-its for New Yorkers to express their thoughts after the 2016 presidential election. (On view in Chelsea through Nov 22nd).

Matthew Pillsbury, Subway Therapy 2, Union Square, New York City, Dec 3, 2016, 50 x 60 inches, 2016.

Olivia Locher at Steven Kasher Gallery

“In Delaware, it is illegal to consume perfume.” This law and other seemingly dated statutes meant to address particular situations are the subject of Olivia Locher’s entertaining solo show ‘I Fought the Law’ at Chelsea’s Steven Kasher Gallery. Locher’s staged ‘crimes’ highlight odd ordinances in the 50 states, making for memorable images that question what else is on the books. (On view through Oct 21st).

Olivia Locher, I Fought the Law (Delaware), archival pigment print, 2016, printed 2017, 16 x 20 inches.