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By Micah Messenheimer

Reprinted from Elevating Western Art, Denver Art Museum, 2012

Maisel finds an inherent dialectic in Smithson’s work in the conflict between the natural and the rational: “a closed epistemological system which questions perception and knowledge.” Similar dialectics can be detected in Maisel’s work—city vs. desert, beauty vs. horror—yet, in photographing, Maisel offers a decidedly cultural view of the western landscape.

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