David Maisel – Oblivion
For his Oblivion series of photos, David Maisel took aerial shots of the sprawling Los Angeles metropolis. In a twist on traditional aerial/landscape photography, the images are presented as negatives which give the city an eerie look, reminiscent of circuit boards and wiring. The project depicts Los Angeles as if it were an ever expanding entity, focused on destruction rather than construction. Maisel compares the city to an autonomous organism with a “cyborg nature”, sprawling across the landscape and consuming all it encounters. The project was first exhibited at the Von Lintel Gallery in New York and has since toured the United States. Nazraeli published the associated catalogue in an edition of 1000 copies and a series of limited editions which came with a print.