Phillip Maisel, Desert Hot Springs (4778), 2016; Archival pigment prints and colored gel, 18 x 12 inches, Variation of 10. Courtesy of Gregory Lind Gallery and Document.
Phillip Maisel (b.1981, Chicago) received his MFA from California College of the Arts. In 2015, his work was featured in curator Charlotte Cotton’s latest book Photography Is Magic, a critical publication of contemporary photographic practices. While rooted in language of photography, Maisel’s practice traverses sculpture, collage, and installation. Never fully resigning itself to a single medium, each piece meditates upon perception, while drawing on the framework of architecture and design. Maisel selects objects and meticulously arranges them into a temporary still life. In the controlled environment of the studio, Maisel photographs the tableau and makes subtle adjustments between each frame by repositioning, introducing, or extracting elements; he captures each intervention sequentially before finally dismantling the structures.