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Anne Arden McDonald: ATOM / PLANET

  • Candela Books + Gallery 214 West Broad Street Richmond, VA, 23220 United States (map)

ARTIST TALK: Thursday, November 1, 5:00 - 8:00pm
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 2, 5:00 - 9:00pm

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.