“Her pictures insist that we keep on looking…”
— Jessica Dawson, The Washington Post
Renate Aller’s eerie and mysterious photographs explore the relationship of desire and reality. In You’ve RED between the lines, the artist plays with the nature of anxiety with sensuality, and requires the viewer to interpret the duplicity of an image. Initially part of an installation in collaboration with curator Vittoria Ciolini, Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, and the city of Prato, Italy, this body of work also confronted the general perception of the color red, in a time of “high alert” during the first years of the new century. It continues to inform the artist’s practice as she keeps marking the distance between our need to draw meaning from a frozen instant and the eternity within which that instant is inscribed.
Aller’s work is in the collections of The Yale University Art Gallery, Hamburger Kunsthalle, National Gallery of Art Washington, DC, the Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM, and Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY.
—Courtesy of ICI
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About Renate Aller
The photographer Renate Aller focuses primarily on portraiture and landscape. She is best known for expansive, poetic images that visually unite two ostensibly different environments—the ocean and the desert. Her luminous yet quiet landscapes embody the qualities of classical portraiture, with the ocean or desert replacing the human subject. In the series “Oceanscapes—One View,” Aller photographed the Atlantic Ocean from the same vantage point on the east end of Long Island over the course of ten years. Although the point of view remains static, the seascape ebbs and flows, imbuing the subject with anthropomorphic moods and revealing a natural dynamism that would otherwise go unnoticed.