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Blow Up: Untitled 15
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© Ori Gersht
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council

Ori Gersht
Israeli, 2007
Digital chromogenic prints

2009.46

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Gersht loosely based his Blow Up series on traditional floral still life paintings. His arrangements of flowers are frozen and then detonated. The explosion is captured using synchronized digital cameras, with the fragmentary detritus caught in remarkable detail.

This diptych (pair) belies the notion of still life as something motionless as it explores the relationships among painting and photography, art and science, and creation and destruction.