COLLAGE ON VIEW
Sally Gall: Efflorescence
at Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York, New York, USA
13 January-5 March 2022
“Elemental” is an exhibition of photographs by Sally Gall, featuring the artist’s enigmatic abstraction of the natural world throughout her forty-year career by presenting works from the series: “Water’s Edge”, “Subterranea”, “Blossoms”, “Heavenly Creatures” and “Aerial”. As a photographer, Gall explores the eternal and monumental aspects of nature and how humans exist within it. Through her images, Gall evokes the silence, vastness, and persistence of the natural world as well as the unseen animating forces within it, such as gravity, tidal currents, and wind. Gall shows us moments when the natural world organizes itself into surprising abstract or metaphoric arrangements, by capturing swimmers in open water, hidden worlds within caves, colorful shapes in the wind, and dramatic skies.
In her “Subterranea” series, Gall is drawn downward into the darkness of caves, where the potential vastness and unseen creatures combine both beauty and fear. In Swimmer, St. Bart’s from the series, “Water’s Edge”, Gall shows a lone swimmer immersed in placid, open water as dark clouds gather overhead, at once idyllic and unsettling. In her series “Heavenly Creatures” and “Aerial”, which depict colorful kite festivals and laundry hung out to dry, Gall captures dances of floating color, evoking the lyrical abstraction of Miro and Kandinsky. These skyward explorations are untethered from the horizon and from any referential context, to create imaginative compositions that bring to mind sea creatures, celestial bodies and other biomorphic shapes.
(text adapted from the gallery’s press materials)
Winston Wächter Fine Art
530 West 25th Street
New York, New York 10001 USA