Tailings Pond 6, MineraCentinela Copper Mine, Antofagasta Region, Atacama Desert, Chile (detail) from the series Desolation Desert; Negative, 2018; print, 2020; David Maisel. Inkjet print. The J. Paul Getty Museum © David Maisel

Art Break: The Immersive Landscape


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How do contemporary photographers engage with the natural environment? Join British artist Susan Derges and San Francisco-based artist David Maisel as they discuss their approaches to photographing the landscape. Derges immerses herself in nature, capturing minute movements and elements through photograms made without a camera. In contrast, Maisel photographs from the sky to expose humans’ devastating impact on the environment. Despite their differing perspectives, both artists use beauty and abstraction to draw viewers into what they describe as the "immersive field," a horizonless space that provokes disorientation and fosters reflection. Moderated by curator Virginia Heckert, this talk complements the exhibition The Expanded Landscape.

Susan Derges' photographic work is in the collection of museums around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Hara Art Museum, Tokyo.

Virginia Heckert is a curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum and organized the current exhibition The Expanded Landscape and the related exhibition Mario Giacomelli: Figure/Ground.

David Maisel works in photography and video. His work is in the collections of Berkeley Art Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, among others.

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