Anne Arden McDonald
For years I have been experimenting with different ways of generating an image on photographic paper. I recently began thinking about the dialogue that painters and sculptors have with their mediums and realized that I wanted come up with ways that my process could inform the resulting image. While still working with photo paper, light and chemistry, I used some well-known processes like the photogram and invented other ways of producing images without using a negative. Some of these methods included painting bleach onto blackened photo paper, or building layered piles of glass and eggshells and moving around them with a flashlight to make an exposure. I also tested eighty medicines, spices and household cleaners by painting them onto photo paper before running the image through the developer and fix. I used glue as a resist and dug down to the photo paper surface with alternating developers and fix to create an image on the paper. Some of the images were made in the dark and some in daylight, some processes were additive and others reductive. I have been developing these processes and using them to make a series of giant (50 x 111 inch or 125 x 280om) images of circles and spheres, meant to represent planets and atoms, to visualize the macrocosm and the microcosm of life as we know it. I am hoping next to explore biology, and I am looking into testing bioluminescent organisms to expose the photo paper and creating bacterial, fungal and mold-based ecosystems to eat the sugar that is present in the gelatin of silver gelatin paper.
I think these giant camera-less photographs I have been making ask some interesting questions about what photography is, and what it can be. I believe that at 170 years old, photography is a very young medium. We still have so much unexplored terrain. Unfortunately, we also stand at a precipice, as digital photography is eroding the availability of some of the analogue materials that photographers have employed.
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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013Lafayette College, Easton Pa.
2012Iris Bookcafe, Cincinnati Month of Photography, Cincinnati, Oh.
2011ATOM, PLANET, Skink Ink Editions, Brooklyn, NY.
WEIGHING THE CLOUDS, University of Louisville, Ky.
2010Win Initiatives, New York, NY.
2009Liloveve Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2006THE BODY IN TRANSFORMATION, Month of Photography, Slovakia.
FLYING AND FLOATING, Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, Ga.
2005BUOYANCY, Cave Space, Brooklyn, NY.
FROM EARTH TO SKY, O’Artoteca, Milan, Italy.
2003UC Berkeley Extension Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY.
Contemporary Arts Center, Abilene, Tx.
2000LA METAMORPHOSIS DE ICARO, Santiago, Chile.
1999TRACES OF THE BODY, Cave Space, Brooklyn, NY.
1998MISE-EN-SCENE, University of Delaware, Newark, De.
Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY.
1997PERSONAL RITUALS, American Cultural Center, Prague, Czech Republic.
In Focus Gallerie, Cologne, Germany.
1996Clement Gallery, University of Toledo, Oh.
Books and Company, New York, NY.
Gallerie 3.14, Laon, France.
1995Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia.
1994Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia.
THE WILL OF THE WISP, Atlanta Photography Gallery, Atlanta, Ga.
AUTONOMY AND ALCHEMY, ICARUS AND ANGELS, Melkweg Gallerie, Amsterdam.
Pyramid Fine Arts, Rochester, NY.
1993In Focus Gallerie, Cologne, Germany.
Iisalmen Kamera Festival, Iisalmi, Finland.
NADIR A LIDERTS (Dark Anxieties), Camera Club of New York, NY.
1992NEW WORK FROM EASTERN EUROPE, Spazi Fine Art, Housatonic, Ma.
Török Fürdö Malom-Tó, Budapest, Hungary.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013MAD HATTERS TO PIXEL PUSHERS, Projective Eye Gallery, UNC Charlotte, NC.
REFLECTIONS ON TIME at Piermont Straus Gallery, Piermont, NY. (2 person)
2012SHIFT, Castell Photography, Asheville, NC.
RSYBIOTAXIPLASM, Curated by Savannah Spirit, NYC.
2011PHOTOGRAPHY NOW, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Curated by Vince Aletti.
2010Ad Hoc Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2009IN TIME, Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, Canada.
2008LAYERED, BUOYED, TETHERED, BARELY, Emergence Festival, Governor’s Island, NYC.
MIND OVER MATTER, Houston Community College, Houston Tx.
2007ALONE IN THE LANDSCAPE, Flatfile Galleries, Chicago IL. (2 person)
2005LUMINOSITY, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Englewood, Co.
2004STAGED FANTASY, Sink Gallery, Denver, Co.
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY.
1999WHERE THE GIRLS ARE, Detroit Institute of Art Detroit, Mn.
1998VAGUENESS, G4 Gallery, Cheb, Czech Republic. (two person).
DISCOVERIES OF THE MEETING PLACE, Fotofest, Houston, Tx.
1997GLORIOUS GARDENS, Bonnie Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY.
1996THE FLESH AND THE SPIRIT, Houston Center for Photography, Tx. (two person).
FRESH WORK, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Fl.
1995THE FLESH AND THE SPIRIT, Houston Center for Photography, Tx. (two person).
Photogallerie Wien, Vienna, Austria (two person with Pavel Pecha).
1994FOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS, Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
GROUP SHOW, Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York, NY.
MYTHS, DREAMS AND MYSTERIES, Del. Ctr. for Cont. Art, Wilmington, De. (two person).
1993Bild Photogalerie, Aarau, Switzerland (two person).
1992THE ROPE SHOW, Artists' Space, New York, NY.
The Bibliotheque Nationale Joel-Peter Witkin
The Houston Museum of Fine Art Jan Svankmajer
The Detroit Institute of Art Dr. Stanley Burns
The Brooklyn Museum Leo Steinberg
The Denver Museum The Worcester Art Museum
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY--ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
2013EYEMAZING ANTHOLOGY, page 294, 352-353.
2011EYEMAZING MAGAZINE (Netherlands), pages 146-153, Sept.
A CURATOR (blog), by Julie Graham, April.
2010THE OMEN MAGAZINE (Portugal), pages 106-131. March.
2008XFUNS MAGAZINE (Taiwan), pages 72-77, Feb.
2007LIGHT LEAKS MAGAZINE (Canada), cover, pages 1, 8-11, May.
MALABAR MAGAZINE (Mexico), cover, pages 4, 7-12, 45, Feb.
2006KWARTALNIK MAGAZINE (Poland), “A.A.M.’S World of Illusions,” p. 22-29, Fall, by Grzegorz Przyborek.
THE NEW YORK GAHO (Japan), page 2, 16-18, Jan.
2005ZOOM MAGAZINE (Italy), ”Anne Arden McDonald”, pages 34-38, July, by Gigliola Foschi.
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTOR NEWSLETTER, page 11, Dec, by Jayme Guokas.
2004THE BROOKLYN RAIL, July, Book review by Ellen Pearlman.
ARTNEWS MAGAZINe, page 73, (image), January.
2003PHOTO INSIDER MAGAZINE, pages 30-32, March, by Marissa E. Campbell.
2001SHOTS MAGAZINE, “Interview: Anne Arden McDonald”, pages 4-10, March, by Russell Joslin.
1999APERTURE MAGAZINE, “Explorations: Ten Photographers”, Feb. Article by Peggy Roalf.
REVIEW MAGAZINE, March, Article by Carol Diehl.
1997LA FOTOGRAFIA (Spain), ”Autoretratos” #63 page 44-45, Oct.
PHOTO METRO MAGAZINE volume 15, issue 144, page 40-41.
CV PHOTO MAGAZINE (Canada), "Dreams in Black and White" #38, pages 16-23, by Celine Mayrand.
1995ART LIFE MAGAZINE (Slovakia), " O Anicke", pages 30-31, Dec. Article by Rudo Prekop.
1994NY NEWSDAY, "The Marketing of Generation X", Nov. Article by Amei Wallach.
FOTO MAGAZINE (Netherlands), pages 17-21, Aug. Portfolio.
TIME OUT (Netherlands), "Fantastic Voyage", July. Review by Dave Potts.
NEW YORK TIMES, “Group Show--Tom Cugliani Gallery”, Jan. Review by Charles Hagen.
1993VILLAGE VOICE, ”Choices--Disposable Generation”, July. Review by Vince Aletti.
1992EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE, pages 28-31 July. Article by Wanda Strukus.
CATALOGUES AND BOOKS
2010PLASTIC CAMERAS: TOYING WITH CREATIVITY, pages 28-30, by Michelle Bates.
2006BRATISLAVA MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY (Slovakia), pages 118-119.
2005THE JACQUES MAILLET COLLECTION, pages 132-137.
2004ANNE ARDEN MCDONALD, INSTALLATIONS AND SELF PORTRAITS, published April.
2002ARTISTS TO ARTISTS- A DECADE OF THE SHARPE FOUNDATION, page 134-135.
2000BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY, page 41, March. Edited by James Luciana.
DREAMS 1900-2000-ART AND THE UNCONSCIOUS, page 256, Jan. Edited by Lynn Gamwell.
1998ARLES, FESTIVAL VOIES OFF, (France) pages 11, 14.
FOTOFEST, DISCOVERIES OF THE MEETING PLACE, page 74.
1996FRESH WORK, Southeast Museum of Photography, June.
8 X 10, Queens College Museum, June.
1995BILDER #115 (Austria, Photogallerie Wien), pages 1-9, Oct.
SELECTED AWARDS AND HONORS
2013Critical Mass top 50, Photolucida, Portland, OR.
Finalist, Clarence John Laughlin Award, New Orleans Photo Alliance.
2012Honorable Mention in the Fine Art category of the IPA awards, Lucy Foundation.
1998Discoveries of the Meeting Place, Fotofest, Houston, Tx.
1993,7Finalist, Friends of Photography Ruttenberg Foundation Award.
1995Best in show, Robin Rule Gallery, Denver, Co.
1992Best in show, Images Gallery, Cincinnati, Oh.
1990Third Place, Maine Photographic Workshop's annual print competition.
1984Savannah College of Art and Design Scholarship for Summer Art Study in London and Paris.
SELECTED TEACHING— LECTURES—VISITING ARTIST—RESIDENCIES--PANELS--BROADCAST
2013Lecture and demonstration Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.
2012Lectured at Alt Photo Night, Photographic Resource Center, Boston Ma.
Panelist, F295 Syposium, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Lectured at Leaders in Software and Art (LISA) salon group, NY.
2011Honorable Mention in the Fine Art category of the IPA awards, Lucy Foundation.
2007-12Taught Exploring Portraiture, Parsons School of Design, NY.
2005-12Lectured at the International Center for Photography, NY.
2011Barbara Bullitt Christian memorial lecture, University of Louisville, Ky.
Panelist, Women in Phototgraphy, B&H Photo, NY.
Panelist, F295 panel on Alternative Photography, B&H Photo, NY.
2010Interviewed for Caught in the Act: Art in Brooklyn, by Brooklyn Independent TV, sponsored by BCAT, NY.
2007Commissioned to produce 24 pieces for BRIC Rotunda Gallery’s benefit auction, Brooklyn, NY.
2006Reviewer for the Critical Mass competition, Portland, OR.
1999Lectured at the Denver Contemporary Arts Museum, Denver, Co.
1998Lectured at the Dom Fotografie, Poprad, Slovakia.
1997Lectured at the American Cultural Center, Prague, Czech Republic.
Lectured and taught workshop, Symposium for artists working with rituals, Sypka, Czech Republic.
Lectured at the Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Tx.
1995Lectured at the Bratislava Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia.
1994Lectured at the Moor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Artist in Residence, Millay Colony, Austerlitz, N.Y. (Lapine Fellow)
"The Space Program" grant from The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation.
1993Lectured at the Soros Foundation, Tallinn, Estonia.
Lectured at the Iisalmen Kamera Festival, Iisalmi, Finland (two lectures).
Lectured at the Camera Club of NY.
1988B.A. with Honors in Art from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct.
Majors in Studio Art (photography) and English (poetry).
1986-88Visiting undergraduate at the RISD, Providence, R.I. Spring (’87), Summer (‘86), Fall (’88)