David Maisel Artist Talk

Wednesday, March 20th 5:30-6:30

The Vicki Myhren Gallery is excited to host “Ghostly Traces” featured artist David Maisel. Join us for a spooky conversation about Maisel’s practice and his “Library of Dust” series, part of which is currently on view at VMG.

David Maisel is a contemporary photographer interested in the power and production of space by examining landscapes and objects that are off-limits, quarantined, or hidden from view. In his series Library of Dust Maisel photographed copper canisters filled with cremated remains of patients from an abandoned state-run psychiatric hospital. When the asylum was abandoned, 3,500 canisters were left behind to create a library of dust. Each canister has been transformed over time with blooms of corrosion in brights colors and unique patterns.

“While there are certainly physical and chemical explanations for the ways these canisters have transformed over time, the canisters also encourage us to consider what happens to our own bodies when we die, and to the souls that occupy them.” -David Maisel

Light Refreshments provided. We hope to see you there!