David Maisel’s large-scaled otherworldly aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites propose an expanded definition of beauty to encompass the damaged, the transmuted, and the decomposed, examining both the aesthetics and politics of open pit mines, clear-cut forests, and zones of water reclamation. Maisel’s photographs, multi-media projects, and installations have been exhibited internationally, and are included in collections including the Metropolitan Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum. His work has been the subject of three monographs: The Lake Project, Oblivion, and Library of Dust.
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