London-based Israeli artist Ori Gersht will present a show of photographs at Yancey Richardson as part of his ongoing project, Fragile Land, which explores ideological and mythological concepts of homeland through the lens of endangered flowers native to Israel. For the exhibition, Gersht obtained flora which have played significant roles in Israeli and European cultural histories; he then exploded each plant with a bullet fired from a customized air rifle and captured the moment of impact on a digital camera. The resulting photographs are simultaneously hyper-realistically precise and strikingly dreamlike.
Along with a second project in the exhibition, Evertime, which references the work of Italian painter Giorgio Morandi, Gersht uses still life painting to explore the duality of what is enduring and what is temporary. By shooting replicas of the vases and vessels depicted in Morandi’s paintings, Gersht creates cinematic image sequences and panoramas that relay an unseen side to destruction and fragmentation in the European Union.
The opening reception for Fragile Land will be held on September 6th from 6 to 8pm.
Ori Gersht: Fragile Land
September 6 – October 20, 2018
525 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011