David Maisel / Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime

Exhibit January 7 - February 14, 2014

Black Maps Lecture January 22 at 5:00pm,
Academic West Room 210


In conjunction with the Whatcom Museumís exhibition Vanishing Ice, the Western Gallery will present a survey of David Maiselís major aerial photography projects. In these large-scaled photographs, Black Maps leads the viewer on a hallucinatory journey through terrains that have been radically altered by environmental issues and transformed by human agency. Maiselís aerial images of environmentally impacted zones frame the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor, beauty and despair.

David Maisel is one of the preeminent landscape photographers today, whose work is collected and exhibited internationally. The exhibition was organized by the CU Art Museum; the curators are Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director of the University of New Mexico Art Museum and Helmut MŁller-Sievers, Eaton Professor of Humanities and Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts, University Colorado, Boulder.

©David Maisel, Lake Project Courtesy of the artist and UC Museum of Art, UC Boulder