Phillip Maisel shows in “Screenshots”Posted: May 22, 2012
Phillip Maisel, former CCSF Photography student and now CCA MFA candidate, is part of Screenshots showcasing work from national and international artists working with the production, manipulation, circulation and consumption of visual material online. The hot issue of copyright infringement makes this a timely exhibition at the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut which runs from March 22 – May 20, 2012 and is curated by Lauren A. Walton. Walton says “Screenshots is an exhibition of artists working in response to the unconscious production, circulation, and consumption of digital images over the Internet. Arising from the basic command instructing the computer to capture an image of the screen and its contents, the screenshot represents in essence a moment in the activity of the user. The six artists featured all work at the site of the computer screen” (p4 Screenshots Catalogue).
Maisel has pieces showing from his series A More Open Place which he started to pursue while a student at CCSF. Maisel is a 2010 CCSF Cherkis Scholarship winner and is part of a roster of talented artists in the show including Pauline Bastard, Natalie Bookchin, Daniel Gordon, John Rafman and Penelope Umbrico.
Maisel’s title of the series comes from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s statement “I’m trying to make the world a more open place”.