Explore David Maisel’s Black Maps The American photographer David Maisel photographs the brutal interference of humans in the natural world.
For his fifth exhibition with Haines Gallery, Maisel presents "Mining" – a selection of photographs from The Mining Project and American Mine, series never before seen at the gallery. These works consider the relationship between nature and humanity, and encompass both stark documentary and tragic metaphor. Mining coincides with the release of Maisel’s new monograph by Steidl, Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime, the first in-depth survey of the artist’s aerial projects.
"The Edge of Intent" examines the utopian aspirations of urban planners, and considers how these idealistic visions can become static and incapable of adapting to changing environments and systems.
"Dark Matters: Artists See the Impossible" is a group exhibition of hi-tech installations, photography, video and conceptual projects that uncover the unexpected, the invisible and the hidden. Delving into the obscure and often sinister, the works allow us to experience what we only suspect exists. David Maisel presents photographs from his recent Library of Dust series, depicting deteriorating metal canisters containing the unclaimed ashes of asylum patients. Providing a powerful pictorial depiction of death, decay, and abandonment, Maisel’s photographs delve into some of the darkest subject matter in the exhibition. As silent meditations on the nature of being, and becoming, the enigmatic canisters in the photographs portray elusive and obscure matters of the world that remain just beyond our reach.