(Not So) Still Life
(Not So) Still Life
Glyndor Gallery | April 5–July 4
Ori Gersht, On Reflection, 2014, triptych high definition film for framed high definition screens (color, sound), 5:00 minutes, 51” x 114” (overall). Courtesy of the artist and CRG Gallery, New York, NY. Photo: RCH | EKH
Ori Gersht’s extensive photography and film practice explores the junctures of violence, beauty, life and death. On Reflection contemplates the filmic image, as well as representations and perceptions of the real. Based on Jan Brueghel the Elder’s 1606 floral paintings, three video works capture an infinite, decadent moment of creation by way of destruction. Gersht’s process involves recreating all three Dutch still lifes as silk
replicas, placing each one within a tempered glass mirror encasement, which is then subjected to an electrical current that breaks the glass. While the opulent bouquets appear to shatter, it is only the fragmenting reflections that are captured by the camera and displayed in slow motion as three synced videos. The viewer is led to question perceived versus actual destruction. By obliterating the edifice, Gersht explores tensions of repulsion and attraction, reality and illusion, materiality and immateriality
in the continuum of contemporary vanitas.
Gersht has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art; Museo Madre, Naples; Musée d’Art de Toulon, France; Tate Britain, London; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Times Square Arts, New York, NY; Santa Barbara Museum, CA; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; and The Jewish Museum, New York, NY. He received an MA from the Royal College of Art and a BA from the University of Westminster.
Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.