Renate Aller: Ocean and Desert
Renate Aller has recently published a new monograph, Ocean and Desert, published by Radius Books. The work follows her Oceanscapes- One View -1999 to present and Dicotyledon series that investigate “the relationship between Romanticism, memory and landscape in the context of our current socio-political awareness”. Her two previous projects were also published by Radius. On October 17th, Renate will have a book signing at ICP in New York City, opening October 25th, the Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston will exhibit, Ocean / Desert, and signing books at the Radius Booth at Paris Photo in November. An essay by Janet Dees, curator at Site Santa Fe, accompanies the book.Renate revisited the sand dunes of New Mexico and northward through Colorado over a span of a few years and paired with oceanscapes from the Atlantic Ocean for this project as the minerals of the sand dunes carry the memory of the ocean that was there millions of years ago. Families interconnected on those grand and sweeping dunes engaging in beach activities far away from any large body of water. Simultaneous, multiple activities on these sloping hills, appear as if layers of different people and activities were choreographed, yet they are all parallel realities of various groupings.
Born in Germany, Renate Aller lives and works in New York. “Ocean and Desert” is her third Monograph published with Radius Books after “dicotyledon” and the long term project “Oceanscapes – One View – Ten Years”. Pieces from that series and other site specific art works are in the collections of corporate institutions, private collectors and museums, including the Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, N.M., the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Yale University Art Gallery, CT, the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, New Britain Museum of American Art, CT, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany and the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI
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