Ori Gersht, Blow Up: Untitled 4, 2007. Light jet print mounted on aluminum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds provided by an Anonymous Donor in loving memory of SMD and Tangerine from EAD.
|Ori Gersht: Lost in Time
May 20 – September 4, 2011
Ori Gersht depicts scenes of natural beauty that perceptively disguise and reveal a history of violence. Featuring selections from a trilogy of works based on 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century European still-life painting, and two new series based on Japanese history and scenery, this exhibition represents five years of recent work by the artist. This is the first solo museum exhibition of work by the artist in the Western United States.
Gersht’s work fuses the past with what he has called the “ultimate present” by creating sublime scenes that become precipitously unsettling through both sudden and gradual obliteration. Each work renders a prolonged moment of suspense through the use of stop-motion photography and slowmotion film. Although achieved through the medium of photography and film, the visceral level on which these works operate most closely mimics that of their inspiration: painting. Referencing historic paintings by Juan Sánchez Cotán, Fantin Latour, and Chardin, among others, these photographs and films provide a meditation on life, loss, destiny, and chance.
Allusions to the catastrophic violence of the French Revolution and the Spanish Civil War are found in these works and in later such events, including the bombing of Hiroshima and the suicide bombs that Gersht feared during his frequent visits to Israel, and that continue to threaten there and elsewhere in the Middle East.
This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of The Luria Foundation.
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