Gersht has spent the last 15 years exploring the territory in which violence and beauty overlap, often with a special focus on how a landscape can bear witness. He has explored these ideas in photography and most recently in art-history-referencing video works. The MFAB exhibition was curated by Al Miner and is titled, “Ori Gersht: History Repeating.” It will be on view through Jan. 6, 2013.
Gersht and I discuss:
- His interest in pushing photographic technologies beyond their limits;
- His trips to the sites of violence and war and how they have fueled his work;
- His love of trees, which he considers intensely nationalistic symbols; and
- How he uses art history in his recent video works of exploding fruit and flowers.
On the second segment, the program introduces what will become something of a regular feature over the next year or so: Jackson Pollock’s landmark 1943 painting Mural (below) is in the collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, but for the rest of 2012 and in 2013 it will be at the Getty for conservation treatment.
As long as Mural is at the Getty, The MAN Podcast will be checking in with the conservators working on it to hear about what they’re doing and what they’re learning about the painting. My first guest in that series will be Yvonne Szafran, the conservator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. The program is edited by Wilson Butterworth. The MAN Podcast is released under this Creative Commons license. For images of the works discussed on this week’s show, click through to the jump.
Clips from Ori Gersht videos that the MFA Boston has posted on its YouTube page:
Mural at the Getty.