Ori Gersht: Altered States

October 30 - December 23, 2021
  • Yancey Richardson is pleased to present Altered States, an exhibition of photographs by London-based Israeli artist Ori Gersht from his new series Becoming. In the project gallery, a selection of seven works from the artist’s 2014 series On Reflection will be on view. Both series use simulations of historical paintings and high-powered digital photography to expand upon Gersht’s ongoing interest in the metaphysics of time.

  • Wall 01 (Metropolitan Museum of Art), 2021. Archival pigment print, 37 1/2 x 108 1/4 inches. $30,000.

    Wall 01 (Metropolitan Museum of Art), 2021. Archival pigment print, 37 1/2 x 108 1/4 inches. $30,000.

  • In Becoming, Gersht explores the fundamental relationship between creation and entropy through the canonical structure imposed by museums upon their collections. In the artist’s studio, images of paintings drawn from the postcard collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam are printed onto analogously sized sheets of glass and then carefully arranged on a specially constructed wall that mimics a traditional postcard display. Order cedes to chaos as each wall of glass is methodically shattered. Recorded by the camera at the instant of destruction, a new space of creation emerges. In this photographic space, Gersht visualizes the entropic forces that these institutional systems resist as the images shatter into dispersed fragments of collective memory, perhaps returning to the state of disorder from which they originated. In Wall 01, a large-scale work constructed with over 200 postcards from the Metropolitan Museum, pivotal art historical works from the 16th – 19th centuries are shown at the moment of collapse. In the companion piece Wreckage Upon Wreckage, comprised of the shattered fragments from Wall 01, the strata of art history coalesce into a single plane, undermining the linearity imposed by the institutions. In this unregulated chaos, a treasure hunt of new compositions and narratives materializes. 

  • Wall 01 (Metropolitan Museum of Art), 2021 (detail). Archival pigment print, 37 1/2 x 108 1/4 inches overall.

    Wall 01 (Metropolitan Museum of Art), 2021  (detail). Archival pigment print, 37 1/2 x 108 1/4 inches overall.

  • “I’m very much aware of my own entropy — a desire to keep everything organized, knowing that this effort is...
    Ori Gersht
    Flower 03 (Rijksmuseum), 2021
    Archival pigment print
    46 1/2 x 35 inches
    Edition of 6
    $20,000.00

    “I’m very much aware of my own entropy — a desire to keep everything organized, knowing that this effort is doomed. This is about my own existence — an understanding that eventually, as soon as I let go of order, my life will pass away. In all my work there is a tension between a desire to hold on to something, to have some form of eternal assurance — and then a submission to the ephemeral, to the awareness that things fall apart.” - Ori Gersht

    • Ori Gersht Flower 01 (Rijksmuseum), 2021 Archival pigment print 46 1/2 x 35 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      Flower 01 (Rijksmuseum), 2021
      Archival pigment print
      46 1/2 x 35 inches
      Edition of 6
      $20,000.00
    • Ori Gersht Flower 02 (Rijksmuseum), 2021 Archival pigment print 46 1/2 x 35 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      Flower 02 (Rijksmuseum), 2021
      Archival pigment print
      46 1/2 x 35 inches
      Edition of 6
      $20,000.00
  • Wreckage Upon Wreckage (Metropolitan Museum of Art), 2021. Archival pigment print, 39 3/8 x 83 1/2 inches. $27,000.

    Wreckage Upon Wreckage (Metropolitan Museum of Art), 2021. Archival pigment print, 39 3/8 x 83 1/2 inches. $27,000.

    • Ori Gersht Flower 04 (Rijksmuseum), 2021 Archival pigment print 46 1/2 x 35 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      Flower 04 (Rijksmuseum), 2021
      Archival pigment print
      46 1/2 x 35 inches
      Edition of 6
      $20,000.00
    • Ori Gersht Flower 05 (Rijksmuseum), 2021 Archival pigment print 46 1/2 x 35 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      Flower 05 (Rijksmuseum), 2021
      Archival pigment print
      46 1/2 x 35 inches
      Edition of 6
      $20,000.00
    • Ori Gersht Flower 06 (Rijksmuseum), 2021 Archival pigment print 46 1/2 x 35 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      Flower 06 (Rijksmuseum), 2021
      Archival pigment print
      46 1/2 x 35 inches
      Edition of 6
      $20,000.00
    • Ori Gersht Landscape 01 (Rijksmuseum), 2021 Archival pigment print 23 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      Landscape 01 (Rijksmuseum), 2021
      Archival pigment print
      23 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches
      Edition of 6
      $12,000.00
    • Ori Gersht Still Life 01 (Rijksmuseum), 2021 Archival pigment print 23 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      Still Life 01 (Rijksmuseum), 2021
      Archival pigment print
      23 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches
      Edition of 6
      $12,000.00
  • In the series On Reflection, Gersht explores the roles of artifice and illusion in both painting and photography. For this project, he meticulously constructed silk flower replicas of three 17th century floral paintings by Jan Brueghel the Elder, in which the painter depicted bouquets of flawless flowers that in actuality bloom at different times and in disparate locations. Placing his floral arrangements in front of mirrors, Gersht then shattered the reflective glass, photographing simultaneously with two cameras which each captured different views of the event. Through this combination of art, craft, science and technology, Gersht questions the relationship between painting, photography and objective truth.

  • On Reflection, Virtual B08, 2014. Archival pigment print, 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches. $18,000.

    On Reflection, Virtual B08, 2014. Archival pigment print, 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches. $18,000.

    • Ori Gersht On Reflection, Fusion J02, 2014 Archival pigment print 15 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      On Reflection, Fusion J02, 2014
      Archival pigment print
      15 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches
      Edition of 6
      $10,000.00
    • Ori Gersht On Reflection, Fusion B01, 2014 Archival pigment print 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      On Reflection, Fusion B01, 2014
      Archival pigment print
      39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches
      Edition of 6
      $18,000.00
    • Ori Gersht On Reflection, Fusion J04, 2014 Archival pigment print 15 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      On Reflection, Fusion J04, 2014
      Archival pigment print
      15 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches
      Edition of 6
      $10,000.00
    • Ori Gersht On Reflection, Material B02, 2014 Archival pigment print 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      On Reflection, Material B02, 2014
      Archival pigment print
      39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches
      Edition of 6
      $18,000.00
    • Ori Gersht On Reflection, Material E02, After J Brueghel the Elder, 2014 Archival pigment print 67 x 51 1/8 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      On Reflection, Material E02, After J Brueghel the Elder, 2014
      Archival pigment print
      67 x 51 1/8 inches
      Edition of 6
      $25,000.00
  • On Reflection, Virtual B07, 2014. Archival pigment print, 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches. $18,000.

    On Reflection, Virtual B07, 2014. Archival pigment print, 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches. $18,000.