The large scale color photographs in Aerial were made between winter 2014 and fall 2015, as she continues her ongoing investigation of the sensual world. In these images, the sun, wind and brilliant color animate laundry into painterly color fields of biomorphic shapes.
Billowing skirts, bed sheets, and undergarments transform into orchids, sea creatures, celestial bodies, and reference painters such as Miro and Klee. Gall says, “what started as an exploration of humanity and an appreciation for the most basic of activities, hanging laundry to dry, has expanded into an exploration of the abstract and otherworldly.Ordinary identifiable objects become mysterious, strange, outside the human realm. An element of eros is added as I am literally looking up someone’s skirt.”
Photographed in Italy, Cuba, and Croatia, the lines of laundry publicly expose the intimacies of domesticity. The delicate dance of hanging laundry morphs into a conversation between the figurative and abstract. Clothes embody the presentation of the self to the world. Gall is searching for the poetry in the quotidian, the marvelous in the every day choreography of blowing lines of laundry.
Sally Gall received a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography in New York and lectured extensively in Europe and the United States. She has published two monographs, The Water's Edge, 1995 and Subterranea, 2003. Public collections include the Guggenheim, Whitney, and Cleveland Museums, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the RISD Museum, and the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College.