Renate Aller: The Space Between Memory and Expectation

Renate Aller:

The Space Between Memory and Expectation

September 10 – October 9, 2021

Opening Reception and Book Signing, Friday, September 10, 5-7pm

Santa Fe, NM– In conjunction with the release of Renate Aller’s most recent monograph, The Space Between Memory and Expectation, we are pleased to present a solo exhibition of her most recent large scale photographs in our main gallery. Aller’s photographs speak to how interconnected environments, from distant locals, help us define our world and our place in it. Through focusing on mostly monochromatic imagery, subtle differences in form and texture bring these images to life, and engage the viewer in dialog.

The photographs have a powerful presence, depicting a monumental landscape which pulls you in to its intimate details. Aller traveled to six continents and elevations as high as 22,500 feet (adjacent to Mount Everest) to capture these images. The photographs express beauty and grandeur, timelessness and ultimately the abstraction of her subject. Aller isolates the image 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 landscapes in which we live. She explains, “The interval, the space in between, is and is about the moments during which apparently nothing happens, but without which no change could happen. The space between memory and expectation is another way to describe this state of stillness in transition.”

This is Renate Aller’s fifth solo exhibition at Chiaroscuro. Born in Germany, Renate Aller lives and works in New York.  The Space Between Memory and Expectation is her fifth monograph, following Mountain Interval, Ocean|Desert, dicotyledon, and the long-term project Oceanscapes. Her works are in the collections of corporate institutions, private collections, and museums including Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven CT; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; Hamburger Kunstahalle, Germany; Chazen Museum of Art, Madison WI; New York Historical Society Museum, NY; Musee des beaux-arts Le Locle, Switzerland; and Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY where she had a solo exhibition in 2019.