Anne Arden McDonald

Atom, Planet

Exhibition Dates: March 18th to May 8th, 2011

The works in this series are one off photograms that cannot be reproduced and are made using non traditional photographic materials which are not stable. As a way to make final stable works at Skink ink we made a series of prints from the Anne's photograms which we photographed and reproduced each one on Hahnem├╝hle Photo Rag paper as a 24" x 36" print.

Artists statement about the photograms;

"This project is about developing processes to make imagery on photo- graphic paper without using a negative, to allow a dialogue with the materials while still working with light, paper and chemistry. Some of the processes include making contact prints of objects, painting with bleach on blackened photo paper, or building layered piles of glass and eggshells and running around them with a flashlight to make an exposure. Upwards of 80 medicines, spices and household cleaners were tested by painting them onto photo paper, before running the image through the developer and fix. Some of the images were made in the dark and some in daylight, some processes are additive and others are reductive. This exhibition, which is a series of images about circles and spheres meant to represent planets and atoms, attempts to visualize the macrocosm and the microcosm of life."

Anne Arden McDonald is an exceptional photographer. From age 15 to 30 she made photographic self portraits; building installations in the landscape or abandoned interiors and making private performances for her camera in these spaces. Recently she has been making process-inspired images and making site specific installations which involve photography and sculpture. In the past 16 years, she has had 42 solo exhibitions in 11 countries and has been published in over 100 periodicals in 20 countries. Her work is in the collections of 6 major museums and she is also an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design in New York.