Alt. +1000 5th EDITION 3 SITES AT 1000 METERS ALTITUDE IN THE NEUCHATEL MOUNTAINS
Presented by Musée des Beaux-Arts
01 – 22 SEPTEMBER 2019
FERME DU GRAND-CACHOT
2405 La Chaux-du-Milieu
PRESENTED BY MUSÉE DES BEAUX-ARTS
Photography Project / Installation by Renate Aller
These landscapes are familiar to us and at the same time appear abstract when presented in representation.
Playing with the effect an image has on us by putting multiple visual representations together, the viewer is asked to make the connection of multiple experiences as we would in the linguistic world where the placement of multiple words create the meaning depending on their placement and relationship to each other.
The artist engages us with these giants in all their detail, the veins and textures of the rocks in their constantly transient state. Aller isolates the mountain from its expected surroundings, using and presenting the familiar and the known in an intimate way, relating to parallel realities from different locations, opening up conversations between the different (political) landscapes in which we live.
You enter a non-quantifiable space when engaging with these images. Disembodiment due to the loss of sense of scale – the equation between your body and what you experience. You look at the image and you start to negotiate your own position regarding what is presented to you. From an abstract perception you proceed to create a reality for yourself and make the absence into a presence. The abstract image seems to be listening to you and you feel “touched” by its non-quantifiable space.
The project, “Mountain Interval” is accompanied by a Book published by Radius Books of Santa Fe with an essay by Museum director Terrie Sultan who curated Aller’s solo exhibition “The Space Between Memory and Expectation” (March 24– July 28, 2019 at the Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, NY, USA)
Born in Germany, Renate Aller lives and works in New York. Mountain Interval is her fourth monograph published with Radius Books, following Ocean | Desert, dicotyledon, and the long-term project Oceanscapes. Her artworks are in the collections of corporate institutions, private collectors, and museums, including Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany; Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI; and Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY.
Mountain Interval by Renate Aller , Installation alongside the project
MARS, UNE EXPLORATION PHOTOGRAPHIQUE
Projection conceived by Xavier Barral from the photographs of the book Mars, une exploration photographique (Éditions Xavier Barral)
Images © NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory / The University of Arizona / Éditions Xavier Barral
Sound © Marie-Hélène Bernard
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