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New Yorker Review: David Maisel at Yancey Richardson Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 30, 2014
David Maisel:  History's Shadow

Through May 10, 2014

American photographer David Maisel is interested in the underpinnings of systems.  In a career that has evolved over the past 25 years he has explored the landscape, sculptural artifacts, and more, but always from the perspective of entropy.  Images are full of layered truths; often they are surreal or fantastic.  Space and compression of history and memory are felt and seen.  This latest show, the artist's first with Yancey Richardson Gallery, features works from his History's Shadow series as well as images from his Library of Dust series.  

In History's Shadow Maisel x-rays of objects, sculptures, and artifacts from museum collections.  These inverse views of forms are mysterious and fascinating.  They are almost spiritual reflections of the structures they depict.  Elegant white shadows appear to float on deep black ground.  They haunt and appear as if they will almost animate before our eyes.  The title for the work, says Maisel, refers "both to the literal images that the x-rays create as they are re-photographed and to the metaphorical content informed by the past from which these objects derive."  Somehow the shadow of the form becomes more potent than its physical whole.  There is a dual play on art and science and their connected histories- first with the creation of the object, then with the creation of the image.  Poetics folds into these works and we desire to explore the world within and beyond the physical. In Library of Dust  the artist photographed individual copper canisters containing the cremated remains of patients from a state-run psychiatric hospital.  Again we experience a sense of wonder.  We see the years of time and its affect on the exterior of the canisters and contemplate the life and fate of persons unknown.  

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Yancey Richardson Gallery
Read the New Yorker Review

Image information:
David Maisel 
History's Shadow GM25
Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery

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