These incredible abstract photos feature something found in every house

Viewed from below, a mundane symbol of domesticity — laundry hung out to dry on clotheslines around the world — is transformed into graceful organic life-forms and what seem to be sentient creatures. The visual slight-of-hand by photographer Sally Gall turns clothes into wisps of smoke, brilliant blooms and lazy tendrils of kelp. Perhaps an ominous shark fin can be spied sliding between planes of water in “Composition #1.”

Although her work seems to animate the articles of clothing, it does not liberate them. They are like notes that dance between the lines on sheet music: Without these lines that anchor them, they have no meaningful existence.

Sally Gall’s exhibition, “Aerial,” is on view at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York City until Oct. 22.

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