David Maisel’s (AIR ’08) aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites explore the aesthetics and politics of radically human-altered environments. Maisel’s surreal and disquieting images of open pit mines, clear-cut forests, rampant sprawl, and zones of desertification take the viewer toward the margins of the unknown, and posit an expanded definition of contemporary landscape. Maisel’s work is the subject of a new monograph from Steidl, titled "Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime." A solo exhibition, organized by the CU Art Museum, is on tour through 2015, and includes exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, and other venues. Maisel was a Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute in 2007. He was appointed a Trustee of Headlands Center for the Arts in 2011. Maisel is represented by Haines Gallery in San Francisco and Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York.


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David Maisel (b. 1961, New York, New York) creates hallucinatory photographic landscapes of topographies. Whether capturing aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites, human ash, or x-rays, Maisel creates rich images. Investigating the overlap between the realms of visual art and scientific research, Maisel’s ghostly images document preservation of some past history.

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American Mine (Carlin, Nevada 1), 2007
Archival pigment print
29 x 29 in (73.66 x 73.66 cm) - Dimensions do not include frame
Courtesy of the artist

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American Mine (Carlin, Nevada 1)
  • Dimensions
    29 x 29 in (73.66 x 73.66 cm) - Dimensions do not include frame