This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Ori Gersht, an Israeli-born artist who has spent the last fifteen years exploring the territory in which violence and beauty overlap, often with a special focus on how a landscape can bear witness. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has just opened a mid-career survey of his work titled, “Ori Gersht: History Repeating.” On view through Jan. 6, the show was curated by Al Miner.
Gersht and I spoke about how he made “Chasing Good Fortune,” the 2011 series from which this work, Isolated, comes. The pictures (and video) are of cherry blossoms in Hiroshima. Gersht took long exposures of the city’s cherry trees at night, so the light that illuminates the blossoms is ambient. On this week’s show, Gersht talks about how the trees remained standing after the blast of the atomic bomb, but the branches were burned off. They grew back.
Image: Ori Gersht, Isolated from the series “Chasing Good Fortune” (detail), 2011.