My first thought was: broken glass. My second thought was: paintings or photographs. My third thought was: I’m confused. Not sure if that’s intentional or accidental, but it is intriguing.
I stepped closer and realised: photographs. Then I noticed the video, that showed how mirrored glass exploded – and that the flowers were only a reflection. Clever, Ori Gersht shows the fragility of life – the destruction of glass and the creation of artwork.
Here is a bit more detail in how it works: An arrangement of silk flowers is placed in front of a tempered glass mirror. The mirror is subjected to electrical charges, so it explodes and the glass breaks. Gersht captures the event by using two cameras, one focusing on the glass surface of the mirror, the other on the vase of flowers reflected in the mirror. This approach allows Gersht to capture simultaneously two contrasting views of the same event: the broken mirror and the illusion of the disintegrating flowers reflected in the mirror – these views are then assembled in the final artwork.
It is fun to explore, I stood quite some time in front of the pictures, but it is not something that I’d like hanging in my living room – it’s a bit too destructive for my taste.
The Ori Gersht exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts unfortunately already finished on July 11, so I’m keen to see what will be shown next.