T Suggests: A Human-Size Doll’s House, Colorful Knitwear and More

T Suggests: A Human-Size Doll’s House, Colorful Knitwear and More

Improbably Lovely Photographs of Laundry On a trip to Sicily in 2014, the New York-based photographer Sally Gall visited Greek ruins, Byzantine mosaics and Mount Etna. The dramatic volcano would have been an obvious choice of subject for Gall, whose work has focused on nature — from formal gardens to underground caves — for more than three decades. But there, in the ancient city of Syracuse, a surprising fascination emerged: “As I walked through all the narrow streets,” she says, “my gaze was drawn upward to a swirl of moving color, which turned out to be laundry hung out to dry from balconies.” Over the next two years, Gall traveled to seaside cities in Italy, Cuba and Croatia, capturing the movement and forms of hanging laundry and, later, kites. Inspired by the nonrepresentational paintings of Kandinsky and Miró, she pared away all but the essential details, developing abstract compositions against clear blue skies. The resulting series — now on view at Julie Saul Gallery in New York City — is transformative: In image after image, whirling, wind-tossed dish towels, dresses and denim conjure the shapes and colors of blooming poppies and flocks of birds. Through March 2 at Julie Saul Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, saulgallery.com — ZIO BARITAUX Streetwear Inspired by Stonehenge Stonehenge is among the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments. For Sofia Prantera, the Italian-born founder of the London-based streetwear label Aries, “it encapsulates a sense of history, mystery and longevity while being immediately recognizable.” To put it another way, she says, “the trilithon shape has the power of an ancient brand.” Prantera, who co-founded Aries in 2009 with the graphic designer Fergus Purcell, shares an interest in ancient history with the Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, a friend from her student days at Central Saint Martins. On January 16, the pair will release a 38-piece clothing and home wares collection, titled Aries x Jeremy Deller, that draws on this fascination with the prehistoric. Aries’s signature sweatshirts and oversize T-shirts will come decorated with Druidic symbols derived from Deller’s Neolithic-inspired sketches, as well as tongue-in-cheek slogans such as “Make Archaeology Sexy Again.” The collection also displays an enduring love of Britain’s rave culture of the early ’90s: One T-shirt substitutes the eyes of the iconic smiley face symbol with standing stones. The accompanying images were taken at Stonehenge by two of Prantera’s longtime collaborators, the photographer David Sims and the stylist Jane How. Shooting at the Neolithic site was a rare opportunity made possible through Deller’s connection with English Heritage, the charity that is responsible for managing the landmark and which last year commissioned him to recreate his 2012 project “Sacrilege” — a giant inflatable model of Stonehenge — to celebrate a century since the monument was gifted to the nation by Cecil Chubb, a Wiltshire barrister and landowner. “To be able to go inside the structure and see these stones that dwarf human beings was impressive,” recalls Deller, “It has a presence. The fact is that […]

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