Photographs by Renate Aller.
Radius Books, 2013. 22 pp., illustrated throughout, 17x13".
A 'dicotyledon' is a flowering plant that has two embryonic seed leaves and flowers in pairs. dicotyledon, a new body of work by Renate Aller just published by Radius Books, is not a selection of flower pictures, but it does include several pairs: diptychs that contrast urban and rural, or human and environment. David Anfam writes in the essay in the book: 'Aller orchestrates a strange colloquy in which the participants congregate but do not converse. Ancient roots oppose empty blue sky; a bird of prey hovers, ambiguously, above a nest; a dreamer lies beside a dark wood; and a child turns his back on a twilit landscape, confronting us.' Aller's work, which takes inspiration from Romanticism's relationship with the natural world, brings to the foreground issues of proximity, distance, perspective, and affect. As Mark Jenkins of The Washington Post writes, 'Aller captures shimmering, gem-like moments, offering multiple views with her sense of perfect timing.'
This book created for this new body of work is a new kind of project from Radius. The entire edition is only 250 copies, and each one has been hand made, signed and numbered by the artist.