Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Terminal Mirage

When the Whole is Indecipherable: David Maisel’s Terminal Mirage
By Anne Wilkes Tucker
(excerpted from David Maisel: Terminal Mirage catalogue; published 2005; ISBN 1-59005-120-3)

In his project Terminal Mirage, Maisel intentionally obscures the function, location, scale, and condition of his subject. No title names the Great Salt Lake or its environs as his subject. His images all share exquisite abstract colorations and design. A few pictures are obviously landscapes. Others are so lacking in items that identify scale they might be images of deteriorating walls or macro photographs of laboratory dishes. As he intends, we are first engaged by the beauty that dances across these large scale prints. Then myriad questions arise: Who or what created what we see in these views? The answers are neither easily explained nor universally confirmed, and the answers are less interesting to Maisel than the questions and discussions the pictures might evoke.

Terminal Mirage 22 by David Maisel
Terminal Mirage 31 by David Maisel
Terminal Mirage 32 by David Maisel

David Maisel’s Terminal Mirage

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