June 3, 2004 - June 26, 2004
David Maisel’s stunning large-scale color images defy normal conceptions of how photography documents. In The Lake Project, colors swirl, patterns stretch and spill off the print, perspective is impossible, and the land bleeds. Owens Lake, formerly a 200 square-mile lake in California, is an example of environmental degradation, holding the highest source of particulate matter pollution in the US. Maisel’s deceptively beautiful abstracted aerial photographs of this region vividly relay the surreal effects of a land out of balance.