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Phillip Maisel Biography

San Francisco-based photographer Phillip Maisel composes everyday materials––paper, glass, mirrors, tape, and art boards––into multi-layered tableaux staged only for the camera’s lens. Blurring the boundaries between sculpture, photography, and collage, his intuitively constructed sculptural arrangements display a Bauhaus-inspired attention to balancing elements of line, shape, and color. In the controlled environment of the studio, Maisel makes subtle adjustments between each frame by repositioning, introducing, or extracting elements, and then captures each intervention sequentially before finally dismantling the structures. Seen together in small groupings, his selections uncover the nuanced variations present within each image and the illusionary qualities that are revealed in the work when viewed in repetition.

Phillip Maisel (b.1981, Chicago) received an MFA from California College of the Arts. Maisel has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles (2016); Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco (2015); Document, Chicago (2015); and Gallery Obscura, San Francisco (2013, 2009). He has been featured in group exhibitions at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco (2016); University of New Mexico, Taos (2016); William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs (2012); and Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2012). In 2015, his work was featured in Photography Is Magic, a critical publication of contemporary photographic practices authored by curator Charlotte Cotton.