Ocean, Desert [SIGNED]
Santa Fe, NM: Radius Books. Oblong folio (11-1/2" x 17-1/4"). Pictorial ocean and desert dust jacket (see note below), spine lettered in both black and white, over plain off-white boards with blind stamped spine. Note: the dust jacket has been printed on both sides (ocean and desert) and then folded over to create a wraparound band that illustrates the book's theme. Signed and dated on the half-title by Renate Aller. Donation bookplate of The Hirsch Library on front pastedown, and with the Library's rubber stamp on the title page. Laid in at rear is an (8)pp. folio brochure with thumbnail color photos of this work and their availability to the public.
Abstract: This new project by German-born photographer Renate Aller is an extension of the ongoing series and book Oceanscapes (2010). Aller has continued to make images of the ocean from a single vantage point--for which she is internationally known--but for the last several years, she has also photographed sand dunes in New Mexico and Colorado. She has now paired the resulting images in a fascinating new series that continues her investigation into the relationship between romanticism, memory and landscape in the context of our current sociopolitical awareness. There is both a visual and visceral relationship between the two bodies of work. The desert images also capture visitors to the dunes, who engage in beach activities far away from any large body of water. And while these parallel realities are from completely different locations, the simultaneous, multiple activities on the sloping sand hills appears as if layers of different people and activities were choreographed next to rolling waves of the sea. Aller's first combination of these images was in book form, for a mammoth handmade book that was 36 inches wide. The overwhelming success of that publication has inspired this new trade edition, which features the largest binding that can be mechanically bound, and includes an expanded selection of the work. --(OCLC). Item #50872