11 1/2 x 11 1/2 in (29.2 x 29.2 cm)
145 images / 250 pages
Co-published with Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art/Utah State University. Photography by David Maisel. Texts by William L. Fox, Tyler Green, Katie Lee-Koven, and Geoff Manaugh.
David Maisel’s "Proving Ground" comprises aerial and on-site photographs made at Dugway Proving Ground, a vast military compound in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Desert. A primary mission of Dugway is to develop, test, and implement chemical and biological weaponry and defense programs.
The Pentagon granted Maisel access to Dugway to photograph the terrain, testing facilities, and zones of toxic weapons deployment. Proving Ground is a critical response to the formal and political aspects of Dugway, in Maisel’s words, a “hidden, walled-off, and secret site that offers the opportunity to reflect on who and what we are collectively, as a society.”
“A complex examination from the artist about the choices we have made about how to use our Western lands and the implications of those decisions…. The experience is one of immersion and disorientation, a series of otherworldly landscapes.”
—Rebecca Senf, Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography
Edition of 3
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