Overview participating exhibitions

Arena
2016

Arena

David Maisel

The Fall (2013)

In THE FALL, David Maisel documents parts of the landscape between Madrid and Toledo, situated seventy kilometres further south. From the air this region appears to accommodate landscapes that have been excessively eroded, both ecologically and aesthetically, by the impact of man. From abandoned post-crisis construction sites in the Madrid district of Vicálvaro, alien-looking agriculture and the opencast mining of minerals in Borox, to the shaded fields of the industrial plantations in Fuensalida: Maisel’s compositions evoke a philosophical and existential dual reaction. Simultaneously intriguing, daunting and confusing. More than simply images clarifying the impact of human activity, they form a poetic view of the human psyche that has created these misshapen landscapes.

Traces & Omens
2005

Traces & Omens

David Maisel

THE LAKE PROJECT (2001-2004)

David Maisel's landscapes have been seriously damaged by human actions. Because they have been photographed form the air, they look surrealistic and spectacular. At the same time, at a glance it is clear just how serious the damage is. In 2001 Maisel began to record Owens Lake, THE LAKE PROJECT (2001-2004). This once covered more than two hundred square kilometers. In 1926 it almost dried up when its water was diverted to Los Angeles. The fertile vicinity changed into a barren landscape, and through its unusually high concentration of minerals the remaining water took on a red tinge. In order to combat the sandstorms that resulted from the drainage, in mid-2001 the area was again flooded. For a second time a new landscape was created as the result of large-scale human intervention.

  • THE LAKE PROJECT (2001-2004)

    David Maisel's landscapes have been seriously damaged by human actions. Because they have been photographed form the air, they look surrealistic and spectacular. At the same time, at a glance it is clear just how serious the damage is. In 2001 Maisel began to record Owens Lake, THE LAKE PROJECT (2001-2004). This once covered more than two hundred square kilometers. In 1926 it almost dried up when its water was diverted to Los Angeles. The fertile vicinity changed into a barren landscape, and through its unusually high concentration of minerals the remaining water took on a red tinge. In order to combat the sandstorms that resulted from the drainage, in mid-2001 the area was again flooded. For a second time a new landscape was created as the result of large-scale human intervention.

  • THE LAKE PROJECT (2001-2004)

  • THE LAKE PROJECT (2001-2004)

  • THE LAKE PROJECT (2001-2004)

  • THE LAKE PROJECT (2001-2004)

Biography

David Maisel (United States, 1961) studied at Princeton University, at California College of the Arts, and at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His work has been widely exhibited and is included in countless collections. Maisel’s series The Lake Project (2001-2004) was shown in the Noorderlicht Festival Traces & Omens in 2005.

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