The Perfect Copy

     Gregory Lind Gallery

     San Francisco, CA

 

     Phillip Maisel

     June 4 - July 18, 2015

 

     Press Release:

 

     Gregory Lind Gallery is pleased to present The Perfect Copy, a series of new works by Phillip Maisel. This is the artist’s first show with the gallery.

     

     Maisel’s working process involves making precarious arrangements of materials in the studio. He selects accumulated objects, including building

     materials, studio supplies and photographs, things with histories that are just-perceptible in the physical wear and tear. After establishing the

     parameters of the composition, he then makes multiple adjustments – repositioning, introducing or extracting various elements – photographing

     each intervention in a sequence. Shooting digitally allows Maisel to rapidly develop the iterative, impermanent arrangements. As he photographs

     each new composition, the resulting image informs how he will approach the next. “As I play with these various layers, new facades and materials

     are revealed as I allow others to fall,” he explains. “I am drawn to a sense of spatial uncertainty and shifting depth in the images I am creating.”

     

     While the works can function as abstract, they are very much rooted in physicality and the possibilities that are inherent in the materials

     themselves. Elements used in various stages of photographic processes (color filters, glassine, and prints themselves) are integrated back into

     the artwork either as part of the sculpture or as collage elements that are later added to the print. In some of the works, Maisel cuts into the

     prints themselves. This re-working further shifts the spatial relationships within the surface and acknowledges the photograph as an object in and

     of itself. The final work lies somewhere between documentation of a sculpture, photographic print, and collage.

     

     The exhibition’s title, The Perfect Copy, refers to the near-impossibility of creating a perfect replica, in that copies almost always lead to the loss

     or addition of information. Maisel’s works are explorations of this endeavor, which embrace the inevitable failure of the process.

     

     The works evoke the collage style of such twentieth-century Modernists as Kurt Schwitters, who incorporated waste materials picked up from the

     streets, parks, and industrial sites; Maholy Nagy’s assemblages; and Gyögy Kepes’ photographs. Maisel’s pieces are distinct in that they reveal

     the capacity for something to be transformed through the act of photographing it. Utilizing a few simple but precise gestures, he seeks to

     generate a sense of disorientation, meant to provoke a reevaluation of the relationship between vision and perception.

     

     Press:

     Review: Art Practical

     Review: Square Cylinder

     Review: Curiously Direct

     Interview: Examiner

 

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

     Feldspar (1095), 2015. Archival pigment print and neutral density filter, 26" x 17.8"

 

     

     Feldspar (1098), 2015. Archival pigment print, 26" x 17.8"

 

     

     Feldspar (1088, 1091, 1094), 2015. Archival pigment print, 21.5" x 17.8"

 

     

     Feldspar (1105), 2015. Archival pigment print and neutral density filter, 21.5" x 17.8"

 

     

     Feldspar (1101), 2015. Archival pigment prints, 21.5" x 17.8"

 

     

     Serengeti Green (1809), 2015. Archival pigment print, 21.5" x 17.8"

 

     

     Summer Picnic (1493, 1456), 2015. Archival pigment prints and mixed media, 35.5" x 46.8"

 

     

     Summer Picnic (1443), 2015. Cut archival pigment print, 21.5" x 17.8"

 

     

     Summer Picnic (1472), 2015. Cut archival pigment print, 21.5" x 17.8"

 

     

     Detail of Summer Picnic (1472), 2015. Cut archival pigment print, 21.5" x 17.8"

 

     

     Summer Picnic (1442), 2015. Cut archival pigment print, 21.5" x 17.8"

 

     

       Palomar Mountain (0929), 2015. Archival pigment prints, 24" x 18.3"

 

     

          Palomar Mountain (0929), 2015. Archival pigment prints, 24" x 18.3"

 

     

          Palomar Mountain (0928), 2015. Archival pigment print, 24" x 18.3"

 

     

          Palomar Mountain (0931), 2015. Archival pigment prints, 24" x 18.3"

 

     

          Palomar Mountain (0930), 2015. Archival pigment print, 24" x 18.3"

 

     

          Palomar Mountain (0932), 2015. Archival pigment print, 24" x 18.3"