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Anne Arden McDonald
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick


ARTIST STATEMENT: The Atom Planet series explores ways of generating an image on photographic paper without using a camera or negative. The dialogue that occurs between painters or sculptors, and their chosen medium is one source of inspiration for inventing processes that inform the resulting photograph. Another is the scientific method, where you begin with a hypothesis, and you test it with experiments, using careful measurements, noting variables, and observing results. While still working with photo paper, light, and chemistry, I use some well-known processes like the photogram, and invent other ways of producing images without using a negative. Some of these methods include 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. In one image over 100 medicines, spices, and household cleaners were painted onto photo paper and run through regular photographic chemistry to test for colors and textures. The methods are often an unorthodox collection of materials and techniques from the domestic and scientific realms brought into the darkroom, often coaxing or scrubbing, evaporating or decaying, an image into the paper. Using glue as a resist and digging down to the photo paper surface with alternating photo chemicals, causes an image to emerge on the paper in the form of a chemical painting. Some images are made in the dark and some in daylight, some processes are additive and others reductive. After developing these processes and using them to make a series of giant (50 x 111 inch or 125 x 280cm) photographs, the imagery emerges as circles and spheres, meant to represent planets and atoms, to visualize the macrocosm and the microcosm of life as we know it. The scale has a relationship to abstract expressionist painting; I am often physically in the piece while building it, exploring it as if it were a terrain or landscape. The scale is also impacting the subject matter, the work more often explores the cosmological realm than the atomic, but this obsession with circles is also related to a search for a sense of wholeness. About the Self Portraits: I build installations in the landscape or in abandoned interiors and make private performances for my camera in these spaces. The performances explore my relationship to the world around me and are part ritual, part dance and part daydream. I have many fantasies that I cannot actualize in everyday life—flying is the most insistent of them—and I feel frustrated by the limitations of an earthbound body. This is a dilemma we all share: being both flesh and spirit, living in a body with a mind that dreams. My images serve as visual metaphors for struggles we face each day: tensions and balances, the necessity of keeping hope alive despite the obstacles, and the challenge of acknowledging our vulnerability without being crushed.

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2017 Rise, Fall, Float, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY.
2012 Rituals and Enactments, Iris Bookcafe, Cincinnati Month of Photo, Cinn, Oh.
2011 Atom, Planet, Skink Ink Editions, Brooklyn, NY.
Weighing the Clouds, University of Louisville, Ky.
2010 Win Initiatives, New York, NY.
2009 Liloveve Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2006 The Body in Transformation, Month of Photography, Slovakia.
Flying and Floating, Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, Ga.
2005 Buoyancy, Cave Space, Brooklyn, NY.
From Earth to Sky, O’Artoteca, Milan, Italy.
2003 UC Berkeley Extension Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY.
Contemporary Arts Center, Abilene, Tx.
2000 La Metamorphosis de Icaro, Santiago, Chile.
1999 Traces of the Body, Cave Space, Brooklyn, NY.
1998 Mise-En-Scene, University of Delaware, Newark, De.
Robin Rice Gallery, New York, NY.
1997 Personal Rituals, American Cultural Center, Prague, Czech Republic.
In Focus Gallerie, Cologne, Germany.
1996 Clement Gallery, University of Toledo, Oh.
Books and Company, New York, NY.
Gallerie 3.14, Laon, France.
1995 Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia.
1994 The Will of the Wisp, Atlanta Photography Gallery, Atlanta, Ga.
Autonomy and Alchemy, Icarus and Angels, Melkweg Gallerie, Amsterdam.
Pyramid Fine Arts, Rochester, NY.
Alma College, Alma, Mi.
Eastern Washington University, Spokane, Wa.
Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Va.
1993 In Focus Gallerie, Cologne, Germany.
Still Webbings Whisper Coker College, Hartsville, SC.
Iisalmen Kamera Festival, Iisalmi, Finland.
Nadir a Liderts (Dark Anxieties), Camera Club of New York, NY.
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pa.
1992 New Work from Eastern Europe, Spazi Fine Art, Housatonic, Ma.
Török Fürdö Malom-Tó, Budapest, Hungary.


2017 Nucleus-Imagining Science, Noorderlicht Photofestival, The Netherlands.
Between the Medium: Seeing Photographically, Redline Art Center, Denver, Co.
2016 Constructing Photography at Emporia State Univ, Emporia, Ks.
Chemistry: Explorations in Abstract Photography, Garrison Art Ctr, Garrison, NY.
2015 Unconscious Metaphors, Walker Fine Art, Denver, Co.
The Origins of Photography; Past and Present, Pattern Shop Studio, Denver, Co.
2014 Material, Strata, Synthesis at KMOCA, Kingston, NY.
Photography at Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson, NY.
Chemistry at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, NY.
La Fototeca, Guatemala City, Guatemala
2013 Critical Mass at Corden-Potts Gallery, SF, CA, and HCP, Houston, TX.
2013 Mad Hatters to Pixel Pushers, Projective Eye Gallery, UNC Charlotte, NC.
Reflections on Time at Piermont Straus Gallery, Piermont, NY. (2 person)
2012 Shift, Castell Photography, Asheville, NC.
2011 Photography Now, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Curated by Vince Aletti.
2009 In Time, Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, Canada.
2007 Alone in the Landscape, Flatfile Galleries, Chicago IL. (2 person)
1999 Where the Girls Are, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Mn.
1998 Vagueness, G4 Gallery, Cheb, Czech Republic. (two person)
Discoveries of the Meeting Place, Fotofest, Houston, Tx.
1997 Glorious Gardens, Bonnie Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY.
1996 The Flesh and the Spirit, Houston Center for Photography, Tx. (two person)
Fresh Work, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Fl.
1995 Time Measure, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary.
Photogallerie Wien, Vienna, Austria (two-person with Pavel Pecha)
1994 Four Photographers, Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa.
Group Show, Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York, NY.


The Bibliotheque Nationale Leo Steinberg
The Houston Museum of Fine Art Joel- Peter Witkin
The Detroit Institute of Art Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Brooklyn Museum Dr. Stanley Burns
The Denver Museum Jan Svankmajer
The Worcester Art Museum Kate Pierson

2017 Interview with Natasha Kurchanova, Candidate Journal, March.
2013 Kingston Times, “KMOCA’s Krampus exhibit a smash hit” by Lynn Woods.
Cinn. Enquirer, “Self Portraits weave photos, performances”, by Jack Demaline.
Aeqai “Rituals and Enactments” by Jonathan Kamholtz, Jan 20.
Citybeat, “Photographs from a private world at Iris” by Jane Durell, p. 24, Jan 30.
2011 Eyemazing Magazine (Netherlands), pages 146-153, Sept.
A Curator (blog), by Julie Graham, April.
2010 The Omen Magazine (Portugal), pages 106-131. March.
2008 Xfuns Magazine (Taiwan), pages 72-77, Feb.
2007 Light Leaks Magazine (Canada), cover, pages 1, 8-11, May.
Malabar Magazine (Mexico), cover, pages 4, 7-12, 45, Feb.
2006 Kwartalnik Mag (Poland), “A.A.M.’S World of Illusions,” p. 22-29, by G. Przyborek.
The New York Gaho (Japan), page 2, 16-18, Jan.
2005 Zoom Magazine (Italy) ”Anne Arden McDonald”, p. 34-38, July, by Gigliola Foschi.
The Photographic Collector Newsletter, page 11, Dec, by Jayme Guokas.
2004 The Brooklyn Rail, July, Book review by Ellen Pearlman.
Artnews Magazine, page 73, (image), January.
2003 Photo Insider Magazine, pages 30-32, March, by Marissa E. Campbell.
2001 Shots Mag, “Interview: Anne Arden McDonald”, p. 4-10, March, by Russell Joslin.
1999 Aperture Magazine,“Explorations: Ten Photographers”, Feb. Article by Peggy Roalf.
Review Magazine, March, Article by Carol Diehl.
1997 La Fotografia (Spain) ”Autoretratos” #63 page 44-45, Oct.
Photo Metro Magazine volume 15, issue 144, page 40-41.
CV Photo Mag(Canada),"Dreams in Black and White"p. 16-23, by Celine Mayrand.
(4 articles in French newspapers, Summer 1996)
1996 Photographies Magazine (France), “Young Talent”, #77 page 72, June.
Shots Mag, "I Am Not This Body", # 51 p.4-8, Article by Anne Arden McDonald.
1995 Art Life Magazine (Slovakia), " O Anicke", p. 30-31, Dec. Article by Rudo Prekop.
(5 articles in Austrian papers and magazines, Fall 1995).
1994 Apex Magazine, (Germany), #20 pages 83-84, Text by Wanda Strukus.
NY 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. by Charles Hagen.
1993 Village Voice,”Choices--Disposable Generation”, July. Review by Vince Aletti.
(10 assorted articles appearing in Finnish papers, July)
Cooperation (Switz.), “Un Combat Quotidien”, # 29 page 38, by Justine Deleau.
Le Democrat (France), ”Une Toute Autre Realite”, page 28, by Bernadette Richard.
1992 Photo Review Magazine, vol. 15 #3 page 42, Summer.
European Photography Magazine, pages 28-31 July. Article by Wanda Strukus.

2018 Photographic Possibilities, by Robert Hirsch, page 260.
2016 Kreativni Barva (Creative Color), edited by Jan Pohribny, p. 243, Czech Republic.
2014 Aesthetica Anthology of 100 contemporary artists, page 52, London, England. Black Forest, published by Candela Books, edited by Russell Joslin.
2013 Lenzless, Plates to Pixels catalogue.
Guide to Alternative Processes, page 59, edited by Jill Enfield.
Eyemazing Anthology, pages 294, 352-353.
2012 Fotofocus catalogue (Cinn.) page 26, plus image, Fall.
2010 Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity, pages 28-30, by Michelle Bates.
2008 Emergence Catalogue, pages 12,-13.
Fotofest Catalogue-Participating Spaces, pages 97, 99, 247.
2006 Bratislava Month of Photography (Slovakia), pages 118-119.
2005 The Jacques Maillet Collection, pages 132-137.
2004 Anne Arden McDonald, Installations and Self Portraits, published April.
2002 Artists to Artists- A Decade of the Sharpe Foundation, page 134-135.
2000 Black and White Photography, page 41, March. Edited by James Luciana.
Dreams 1900-2000-Art and the Unconscious, p.256, Edited by Lynn Gamwell.
1998 Arles, Festival Voies Off, (France) pages 11, 14.
Fotofest, Discoveries of the Meeting Place, page 74.
1996 Fresh Work, Southeast Museum of Photography, June.
8 x 10, Queens College Museum, June.
1995 Time Capsule-A Concise Encyclopedia of Women Artists, pages 510-511, Winter.


2017-2015 Residency at Byrdcliffe, August, Woodstock, NY.
2014 Schrattenberg Residency, June, Scheifling, Austria
2013 Critical Mass top 50, Photolucida, Portland, Or.
Finalist, Clarence John Laughlin Award, New Orleans Photo Alliance.
2012 Honorable Mention in the Fine Art category of the IPA awards, Lucy Foundation.
1998 Discoveries of the Meeting Place, Fotofest, Houston, Tx.
1993 Finalist, Friends of Photography Ruttenberg Foundation Award.
1995 Best in show, Robin Rule Gallery, Denver, Co.
1994 Artist in Residence, Millay Colony, Austerlitz, N.Y. (Lapine Fellow)
"The Space Program" grant from The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation.
1992 Best in show, Images Gallery, Cincinnati, Oh.
Merit Award, Women in the Visual Arts 1992.
1991 Chosen to represent the Organization of Ind. Artists in their anniversary show.
1990 Third Place, Maine Photographic Workshop's annual print competition.
First Place in Black & White, Soho Photo Annual Print Competition.
Merit Award, Matrix International'90, Sacramento, Ca.
Third Place, San Diego Art Institute's Annual Exhibition, San Diego, Ca.
1984 Savannah College of Art and Design Scholarship for Summer Art Study in Paris.


2008 Curated Czech and Slovak show for The University of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
2007 Commissioned to produce 24 pieces for BRIC’s benefit auction, Brooklyn, NY.
2006 Reviewer for the Critical Mass competition, Portland, OR.
2004 Curated Czech/Slovak booth for the Stray Show, Chicago IL.
1999 Curated Czech/Slovak exhibition for The Czech Center, NYC.
Curated “The Body Narrative” for the David Scott Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
1997 Curated “Theatre of the Absurd (staged photography)” for Cave, Brooklyn, NY.
Performance at The Kitchen in NYC with Triptychon from Austria.
1996 Curated Czech/Slovak exhibition for Spazi Contemporary Art, Housatonic, Ma.


2016 Lecture and demonstration, Bushwick Community Darkroom, NY.
2015 Lecture at Walker Fine Art, Denver, Co.
2014 Real Art Today, lecture at Trestle Gallery, NY.
2013 Lafayette College, lecture and demonstration, Easton, Pa.
2012 Alt Photo Night, Photographic Resource Center, Boston Ma.
F295 Symposium lecture, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Leaders in Software and Art (LISA) salon group, NY.
2007-12 Exploring Portraiture, Parsons School of Design, NY.
2005-12 International Center for Photography, NY.
2011 Barbara Bullitt Christian memorial lecture, University of Louisville, Ky.
Win Initiatives, Take Five series, NY.
Panel on Women in Photography, B&H Photo, NY.
F295 panel on Alternative Photography, B&H Photo, NY.
2010 Caught in the Act: Art in Brooklyn, by Brooklyn Independent TV network, sponsored by BCAT, NY.
School of Visual Arts, NY.
2006 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Ma.
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
2001 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Ma.
1999 Denver Contemporary Arts Museum, Denver, Co.
1998 ASMP chapter meeting, St. Louis, Mo.
Dom Fotografie, Poprad, Slovakia.
1997 American Cultural Center, Prague, Czech Republic.
Symposium for photographers working with rituals, Sypka, Czech Republic.
1996 Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Tx.
1995 Bratislava Month of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia.
1994 The Moor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1993 Soros Foundation, Tallinn, Estonia.
Iisalmen Kamera Festival, Iisalmi, Finland (two lectures).
Camera Club, NY.

1988 B.A. with Honors in Art from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct.
Majors in Studio Art (photography) and English (poetry).
1988 Visiting undergraduate at the Rhode Island School of Design, Fall
1987 Providence, R.I. Studied with William Parker. Spring (’87) and Summer (‘86)


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