PRINT Summer 2015

Christina Rosenberger

IN A 1992 ESSAY, Rosalind Krauss registered her surprise that Agnes Martin had created a film: “Agnes Martin? A film?”

Gabriel has always been difficult to classify within Martin’s oeuvre. The artist produced the work in 1976 using a preowned professional camera that she described as “temperamental.” Martin filmed Gabriel in California, Colorado, and New Mexico, where she worked with architect Bill Katz. She chose Ektachrome Commercial reversal film, which was used for nature cinematography due to its saturated color and sharpness. Martin hired a “little hippie boy,” Peter Mayne, as Gabriel, who climbs a mountain and walks beside a river. There was no script; Martin said that she “went around looking for what was beautiful, to take a picture of it.” Filming took three months, and Martin edited the film herself. “When I found out about the sensitivity of photography as a medium,” Martin

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