Linda Gall (b.1949, Columbus, OH) creates complex images via painting, drawing, and printmaking. Gall often finds inspiration in quiet corners of daily life and derelict industrial areas, creating a quirky and irreverent visual dialogue to transform her environment.
Gall received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1979 and her Master of Fine Arts in 1981, both from Rutgers University. For decades, Gall has been a prolific maker and vital artist American artist. Gall has resided and shown in numerous parts of the country, but her work’s impact is particularly reflected throughout the contemporary Midwest and Appalachian art scenes. She has exhibited extensively across the nation in galleries and museums including Art Center/South Florida, Ross Art Museum, Erie Art Museum, and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Starting with historical or found images and incongruous scenes of wreckage, Gall foregrounds subjects against an often flattened wasteland. Trainwrecks, natural disasters, and urban decay set off the figures while they swoon in front of chaotic backgrounds. Gall can collapse time, setting porcelain figures before an image of a dilapidated barn, mixing styles and genres effortlessly. Gall’s work, though it may appear otherworldly, is not attempting to reveal what is beneath the surface of everyday reality. Her work shows us that everyday reality is about mixing, matching, and piecing; it is predictable behavior and accidents, it is the ordinary and the unique. For her reality involves presenting known patterns and familiar behavior in an unprecedented unfamiliar context.