Soul shapes #4

  • Pino Dal Gal
  • 2005
  • Inv. No. 288.16.04
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Still life
Size M
80x80cm Dimensions
Inkjet Pigmented Print on Hahenemuhle Photorag Ultra Smooth paper Technique
Mounted on Dibond Mounting
80x80cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Showcase frame Mounting
80x80cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting

This series consists ina rhythmic sequence of black and white images, which are arranged in a squareor rectangular format.The subject has always been very popular in the history of art and captured theinterest of many artists. Over the centuries, many photographers and painters -such as Tina Modotti, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, the Pre-Raphaelites andGeorgia O’ Keeffe - portrayed the calla lily. This flower, rich in symbols, hasbeen reinterpreted several times in several different ways. The calla lily isalso the subject of Pino Dal Gal’s photographs, a series of images that struckthe observers with their elegance and delicate beauty. The photographer doesnot only portray the flower, but, shot after shot, brings its deepest essenceto the surface. Even though he starts from an analysis on the shape, Dal Galdoes not indulge on a mere formal representation of the flower; on thecontrary, through the use of black and white, he conveys to the observers hispersonal vision of the calla lily as an ideal and symbolic object. Movingbeyond documentary photography, Dal Gal gives us his personal and unique reinterpretationof the calla lily - as the aforementioned artists did.
A leading name in Italian photography, Pino Dal Gal was born in Verona, where he developed his artistic sensitivity. In Milan he perfected his shooting technique, devoting himself entirely to costume photography. In the meantime, he worked for the publishing office of Mondadori Editore and opened an advertising agency in Verona, but his main occupation continued to be photography. This became an instrument of social condemnation with the Chicken Story, Mensa Aziendale and La Cava collections, which took a journalistic approach to report on the unique conditions of the Italian work environment in the Seventies. This was the period of his first foreign exhibitions, including the Galerie Vinci 1840 in Paris in 1977, and the Canon Gallery in Amsterdam and the Taller Fotografico in Barcelona the same year. Also in 1977 Helmut Gernsheim brought many of his photographs to the United States and sold them to the photography collection at the University of Texas at Austin. In the Eighties Dal Gal focused on researching anthropomorphic forms of rocks and nudes, and Gernsheim chose him to represent Italy in the International Photography Selection in Hildesheim and then as the only Italian photographer for the inauguration of the new Guggenheim exhibition space in Venice. In 2000 his artworks are exposed at the Centro Internazionale di Fotografia- Scavi Scaligeri in Verona and at the Keith de Lellis Gallery (New York); in 2001 he took part in the 1°Biennale Annali Postumia di Fotografia – Modern Art Museum of Gazoldo degli Ippoliti (Mantova). In 2003 he exhibited at the Stoke Museum and Art Gallery (Bath, UK). His pictures are in many public collections: at the Reiss Engelhorn Museen-Manheim (Germany), at Modern Art Museum of (Mantova), at the University of Texas - Austin “The college of fine Arts”, foundation H.Gernsheim and at the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum in Modena.