Moira McDonald is an Australian-American photographic artist working, living and making in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has earned her Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography from California College of the Arts and received her Master of Fine Art at San Jose State University. Her photographic inquiry is centered in the action of summoning the photographic image which is articulated through a diverse dialect and approach while she systematically creates photographs through simplified analog processes. Moira's photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. She is currently teaching Photography at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco and is a Teaching Artist in Residence at ProArts Gallery in Oakland, California.

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Fixing Air
October 15 - November 15, 2016
Rubber Factory is pleased to present the work of Moira McDonald. Using the photographic parameters of time and light, McDonald examines place and impermanence in the landscape, orchestrated as both photographic event and performance. Built specifically for this task, the pinhole cameras used to make these images have been designed to look like birdhouses- to both blend into the landscape and deter tampering by the public. Each camera produces a unique paper negative resulting in the effect of their individual experience with the landscape.

Interested in creating a visual recording of the wind over the course of a day, “Fixing Air” is the result of a collection of pinhole cameras installed simultaneously within one tree, allowed to expose from sunrise to sunset. Shown alongside “Accumulations” - in which exposures are made through the duration of multiple weeks to several months overlooking the landscape. While simultaneously surveilling and recording their cumulative exposures, the resulting photographs were made clinging to cliffs and blowing in the breeze along the Northern California coast.

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