Contemplating life

Contemplating life, destiny, chance and loss, the artist often conjures up images of sites with historical significance to explore the grand and unrestrained themes of life, beauty, violence and death. All through his work, The Landscape is used as a motif and symbol hinting to the catastrophic and violent events that had once taken place within the landscape being shown. Gersht’s work carries a strong suggestion of the emotional and psychological disturbance caused by the events of the past, arousing a feeling of violence and haunted by the ghosts of war, The Refugees.

In his still life series, Ori Gersht, explores the relationship between photography, technology and perception at a critical and important point in time when technological advancements have influenced photography, changing the medium forever. In this series, the artist touches on early photography history while introducing a theoretical discourse around his subjects. The images literally and figuratively explode the genre of still life as the artist captures the beautiful but destructive images with advanced cutting edge technology.

Constantly working within the challenging space of pushing photography to its limits, while at the same time employing such innovative techniques with film and video, truly differentiates the artist from his peers. Moreover, his researched aesthetic takes an innate and imaginative approach to the medium of photography, as a result, contributing to the impact that his work has on its viewers.

The artist’s photographic work and films can often be compared to paintings in their display with the use of frames around monitors showing films as well as photographs that are unobstructed by materials that often separate the viewer from the works that are being viewed. Many times Gersht’s work refers to romantic notions of the sublime influenced by the works of photographers such as Andreas Gursky and Sally Mann and painters such as Mark Rothko and J.M.W Turner.

Ori Gersht’s works have been displayed and exhibited in galleries and museums around the world including the famous Tate Modern and Victoria & Albert museums in London and the Guggenheim museum in New York. The artist is currently represented by Angles Gallery in Los Angeles, CRG Gallery in New York, Mummery and Schnelle Gallery in London and Noga Gallery in Tel Aviv. Recently, in 2012 Gersht’s exhibit “History Repeating” was displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and another work of his, “The Storm is What We Call Progress” was mounted at the Imperial War Museum in London

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