Mapping The Apocalypse

The bittersweet beauty of David Maisel’s aerial photography, featured in the current exhibition "Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime" at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, lies in its subversion of the legend of the American West as a vast expanse of unspoiled land mass. Maisel himself talks in depth about his work Thursday, August 29.

At first glance, the large scale photos of "Black Maps" capture one’s attention with their bird’s eye view. It’s only with further perusal that the pictures are understood as stark documentation of the industrial forces of humankind imposing on the environment. The pieces with their patterns, colors, and contrasts strike beyond art and become a planetary version of diagnostic medical imagery. Maisel will be joined by his collaborator on the book that accompanies the exhibition, essayist and editor Alan Rapp, SMoCA’s Claire C. Carter, and Rebecca Senf of UofA’s Center for Creative Photography.

David Maisel speaks at 7 p.m. at 7374 East Second Street. Admission is free. See more info at or call 480-874-4666.

Thu., Aug. 29, 7 p.m., 2013
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