Announcing… Anne Arden McDonald: ATOM | PLANET

Anne Arden McDonald:  ATOM | PLANET

Anne Arden McDonald, “Cluster,” 2016. Cameraless Gelatin Silver Print, 24 x 20 inches

GALLERY TALK  |  Thursday, November 1st, from 5-8pm
OPENING RECEPTION  |  Friday, November 2nd, from 5-9pm

Candela Gallery is pleased to present ATOM | PLANET, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist, Anne Arden McDonald. Within this series McDonald creates photographic works imbued with celestial and atomic aesthetics. Approaching her darkroom process like a sort of alchemy, McDonald captures a dialogue nebulously drifting between mediums by testing materials and techniques through experimentation, noting variables, and observing the results, and amending processes.

Completely camera-less and without a conventional negative, McDonald layers nontraditional materials like bleach, clusters of soap bubbles, and/or hundreds of household spices and cleaners, steering the creation of these unconventional images. Each unconventional photogram is further manipulated through a series of techniques – scrubbing, evaporating or decaying – illustrating the circuitous nature of life, death, and what comes after. The resulting photographs, with a rather magnificent spherical quality, are McDonald’s manifestation of both the macro- and micro-cosmos within our universe.

(L) Anne Arden McDonald, “Molecule,”Cameraless Gelatin Silver Print, 20 x 16 inches
(R) Anne Arden McDonald, “Fragility,”Cameraless Gelatin Silver Print, 38 x 34 inches