From Walking so Much in Circles, I Will End up Making a Sphere

Isabel M. Martínez

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Sun/Moon Drawing #2, 2020
Sunlight, moonlight, potassium dichromate emulsion on watercolour paper, framed
14" x 11"

ANGELL GALLERY is proud to present From Walking so Much in Circles, I Will End up Making a Sphere by Toronto-based Isabel M. Martínez. The exhibition runs from September 24 to October 24, 2020 by appointment.

"From Walking so Much in Circles, I Will End up Making a Sphere came into existence during the months of isolation granted by the pandemic. Not because of it, but in spite of it. Amid loud echoes from the misnamed Spanish flu a century ago. History runs in circles, the world is round, and we pace.

Rather than deeming the indeterminate, the uncertain, the un-obvious as a weakness, I approach such states as portals that open our minds to unexpected forms of complexities.

The works in this exhibition were made in collaboration with the Sun and the Moon. They are drawings burnt by sunlight and bathed in moonlight onto handmade gum bichromate emulsion, a 19th-century photographic printing process based on the light sensitivity of the bichromate salts.

The emulsion was altered to give results it is not supposed to. The light drawings were devised through a half-blind way of working; balancing being planned, being ready, and being aware of the thing that happens. Treasures lie in the fine line between function and breakage, and the rigidity of photography is perfect for a little poking."

— Isabel M. Martínez

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Installation photographs by Alex Fischer.
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Isabel M. Martínez
Sun/Moon Drawing #1, 2020
Sunlight, moonlight, potassium dichromate emulsion on watercolour paper, framed
14" x 11"
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Isabel M. Martínez
Sun/Moon Drawing #3, 2020
Sunlight, moonlight, potassium dichromate emulsion on watercolour paper, framed
14" x 11"
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Isabel M. Martínez
Sun/Moon Drawing #6, 2020
Sunlight, moonlight, potassium dichromate emulsion on watercolour paper, framed
14" x 11"
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Isabel M. Martínez
Sun/Moon Drawing #10, 2020
Sunlight, moonlight, potassium dichromate emulsion on watercolour paper, framed
14" x 11"
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Isabel M. Martínez
Sun/Moon Drawing #11, 2020
Sunlight, moonlight, potassium dichromate emulsion on watercolour paper, framed
14" x 11"
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Isabel M. Martínez
Sun/Moon Drawing #12, 2020
Sunlight, moonlight, potassium dichromate emulsion on watercolour paper, framed
14" x 11"