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David Maisel

February 24 - June 23, 2006

Exhibition Preview Reception: February 23, 5:30pm (Museum Galleries)

Exhibition Events: March 29
March 29 at 5:30pm - Reception and Meet the Artist (Museum Galleries)

March 29 at 7:00pm - Exhibition Lecture "Black Maps: Our Environmental Legacy" with David Maisel (Bld 150 Rm 101, DBCC Daytona Campus)

David Maisel's Black Maps
Lake Project #9823-4

“Rising above the site, we became a disembodied eye. With camera lens trained on the dead lake, its skin was peeled back, the exquisite corpse revealed. A river of blood, a split-tongued vein, a hundred acres dried like a scab, pigmented dust mottled, a galaxy’s map splayed out beneath us…Red, pink, coral, rose, pearl, graphite, opal. The seduction of surfaces. The dizzying collapse of one system into another. We gathered images in a vain effort to comprehend. Towards the east: the fantastic synapse, the vast neuron firing blanks. We expose our film and map our inability to know."

–Report From The Lake, David Maisel


Black Maps is comprised of three series of aerial photographs of environmentally impacted landscapes and a new media sound and image installation. Although these photographs evidence devastation, they also transcribe an interior psychic landscape that is profoundly disturbing.

The large-scaled color photographic prints convey something of the sublime, seemingly limitless aspect of the sites from which they are made. In these photographs, the forms of environmental disquiet and degradation function on both a documentary and metaphorical level. Maisel frames the complexities of an environmentally impacted landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor, beauty and despair.

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This exhibition is presented with the support and assistance of David Maisel, Howard Stein, Miller Block Gallery, Haines Gallery, Paul Kopeikin Gallery and The Joy of Giving Something Foundation.


David Maisel (b. New York, NY, 1961) is a photographer and visual artist based in the San Francisco Bay area. Maisel has been photographing his family and the world around him for over twenty years. He studied closely with Emmet Gowin at Princeton University, where he began his long-standing exploration of environmentally-impacted landscapes. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Opsis Foundation. His artwork is represented in major public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. Maisel’s photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Maisel's work also extends into images of his immediate family. Influenced by Gowin, Harry Callahan, and Sally Mann, he has been creating images of childhood, depicting his daughter and her cousins in moments of wild abandon. In this series, "Princess Rainbow Sparkle," Maisel uses toy cameras whose plastic lenses and light leaks lend his images an otherwordly quality.

Maisel has taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and at the International Center for Photography, and has lectured on behalf of the collector's program at the Friends of Photography in San Francisco. His work has been published by Communication Arts, The New York Times Magazine, Graphis, Archive, American Photography, and many other publications.

About the Prints: Twenty (20) Dye-coupler (Type C) light jet photographs sized 48 x 48 in. and six (6) Dye-coupler (Type C) light jet photographs sized 40 x 40 in.

Sample Exhibition Images:
David Maisel's Black Maps David Maisel's Black Maps David Maisel's Black Maps
Terminal Mirage #215-9
Oblivion #1381-49n
Lake Project #9284-9

Installation Images at SMP:
David Maisel's Black Maps David Maisel's Black Maps David Maisel's Black Maps

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