Mummery + Schnelle is pleased to announce an exhibition of a new body of work by Ori Gersht entitled Time after Time. In this series of photographs and films, Gersht explores questions concerning optical perception, the conception of time and the relationships between the photographic image and objective reality.
The exhibition will focus on a group of newly completed large-scale photographs entitled Blow Up. These depict elaborate floral arrangements, based upon a 19th Century still-life painting by Henri Fantin-Latour, captured in the moment of exploding. Gersht´s compositions are literally frozen in motion, a process dependent on the ability of the advanced technology of photography to freeze-frame action, something inconceivable to the Old Masters. This visual occurrence, that is too fast for the human eye to process and can only be perceived with the aid of photography, is what Walter Benjamin called the 'optical unconsciousness' in his seminal essay 'A Short History of Photography'.