New York

Tim Maul

Art City

Tim Maul’s work provides a curious insight into the relationship between photography and writing. Like writing, photography is a transparent medium: an act of inscription upon a surface that effaces itself as it traces what is exterior to it. Despite its apparent coincidence with physical reality, the photograph is an image of what, strictly speaking, never existed, and as such is a hallucination. While other artists have explored this ambivalence through the manipulation of photographic technology, Maul evokes it through the imagery itself. Composed in camera, his photographs—collectively titled “Color Photographs for Home and Office”—are made directly from common surroundings whose familiarity gives rise to uncanny effects.

The photograph’s implication with writing proliferates through several different registers. In the first instance, these photographs are of an intimate scale, framed

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