Reverberation: Sharon Core, Jitka Hanzlová, Ori Gersht, and Hellen Van Meene

July 13 - August 21, 2020
  • Since ancient times, through the Renaissance and up to the present day, artists have recontextualized the ideas, images and styles of their predecessors. In our online exhibition Reverberation, the work of Sharon Core, Ori Gersht, Jitka Hanzlová and Hellen Van Meene raises questions about influence, appropriation, originality and authorship. Utilizing a variety of approaches, each artist draws upon the work of recognized painters to produce photographs that destabilize the distinction between painting and photography and blur the boundary between past and present. All four artists bring the present into contact with the past to create what Walter Benjamin described as “dialectical images”, in which the relationship of past to present is not one of linear time, but of constant negotiation.

  • Sharon Core's meticulously constructed still lifes are based on the early 19th century paintings of American artist Raphaelle Peale. After careful study and research into the painter's subject matter, tone, light, color and scale, Core creates live sets for the camera that seek to simulate with historic mimicry an illusion of the American past. Her elaborate process involves the collection of period commodities, porcelain and glassware, and the cultivation of pre-industrial heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables present in the Early Republic. The composed sets are lit and photographed to blend seamlessly into Peale's oeuvre. Core uses photography's strengths as a truth telling medium to create an uncanny doubling, a mimesis that is both seductive and deceiving.  

  • The meaning of the photographs lies in the gaps that are created: the point between painting and photography, paint and...

    Sharon Core, Early American, Lemons, 2007. Chromogenic print, 15 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches

    $15,600.

    The meaning of the photographs lies in the gaps that are created: the point between painting and photography, paint and light, past and present, authenticity and falsity.

    - Sharon Core

  • For her series There is Something I Don’t Know, Jitka Hanzlova sought out individuals in northern Italy and Spain, whose presence was evocative of the quattrocento portraits she had encountered in museums throughout Europe. Her subjects pose in three-quarter or full profile, often lit with a subtle natural light and possessing enigmatic, contemplative expressions. The images evoke a strange sense of deja vu as the contemporary appearance of the sitters melds with their archetypal poses. Reminiscent of Renaissance masterpieces such as Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, and Piero della Francesca’s Duke and Duchess of Urbino, Hanzlova’s portraits illustrate an ineffable timelessness characteristic of much of her work. 

  • When I see those five hundred year old portraits, I see those faces and it is as if they were...

    Untitled (Francesca), 2007. Archival pigment print, 24 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches. $8,000

    When I see those five hundred year old portraits, I see those faces and it is as if they were faces from today. I find it fascinating. Sometimes there are portraits that look like people I know or have met and I just ask myself where they are coming from, how long they have already been there, what time has done to us, or what it has not.

    - Jitka Hanzlová

  • In his recent work, Ori Gersht uses the still life paintings of the Italian mid-20th century artist Giorgio Morandi and the 17th century Spaniard Francisco de Zurbarán to reference the fragility and fragmentation of the European Union. For the series Evertime, Gersht commissioned masterfully crafted replicas of the vessels and bottles found in Morandi’s paintings and, after carefully arranging and lighting them in a resolved composition, he fired on the ceramics with an air rifle synchronized to a high-resolution camera. The resulting images record the shattering of the objects, revealing details beyond what the eye could perceive and juxtaposing calm stillness with violent movement. Combining art historical precedents with advanced digital technology, Gersht brings into question the seemingly opposing ideas of that which endures and that which is momentary.

  • Often I arrive too late, just after the event has passed.Often I attempt to hold on to a moment that...
    Ori Gersht, New Orders, Evertime 11, 2018. Archival pigment print, 50 x 84 3/4 inches
    $37,500

    Often I arrive too late, just after the event has passed.Often I attempt to hold on to a moment that is already gone.

    - ORI GERSHT

    • Ori Gersht New Orders, Evertime 08, 2018 Archival pigment print 17 3/4 x 23 1/4 inches AP 1/2
      Ori Gersht
      New Orders, Evertime 08, 2018
      Archival pigment print
      17 3/4 x 23 1/4 inches
      AP 1/2
      $15,000.00
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    • Ori Gersht New Orders, Evertime 10, 2018 Archival pigment print 23 5/8 x 31 1/2 inches AP 1/2
      Ori Gersht
      New Orders, Evertime 10, 2018
      Archival pigment print
      23 5/8 x 31 1/2 inches
      AP 1/2
      $20,000.00
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    • Ori Gersht New Orders 03, Untitled 01, 2018 Archival pigment print 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches AP 1/2
      Ori Gersht
      New Orders 03, Untitled 01, 2018
      Archival pigment print
      10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches
      AP 1/2
      $8,000.00
    • Ori Gersht New Orders 03, Untitled 02, 2018 Archival pigment print 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      New Orders 03, Untitled 02, 2018
      Archival pigment print
      10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches
      Edition of 6
      $8,000.00
    • Ori Gersht New Orders 03, Untitled 03, 2018 Archival pigment print 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches Edition of 6
      Ori Gersht
      New Orders 03, Untitled 03, 2018
      Archival pigment print
      10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches
      Edition of 6
      $8,000.00
  • Throughout her career, Hellen van Meene has made portraits of girls in various stages of adolescence in addition to formal portraits of dogs in outdoor studio settings. Drawing on Roman sculpture and the paintings of Botticelli, Velazquez and Gentileschi, van Meene’s photographs are characterized by an exquisite quality of light, formal elegance, and palpable psychological tension. Van Meene captures the intimacy in the photographer/subject relationship, bringing out a sense of vulnerability from within her models and highlighting the beauty of imperfection. In her portraits, van Meene seems to slow down time, creating images that appear both contemporary and entirely from another era.

  • 'You cannot lie about your past—its influence marks you, certainly. From a young age, I was looking at the work...

    DJ and Juno, 2018. Chromogenic print, 16 x 16 inches.
    $6,000.

    "You cannot lie about your past—its influence marks you, certainly. From a young age, I was looking at the work of Dutch artists and I’m sure I internalized some of the things that they saw. At the same time, I think we all mix up our experiences, memory, and the things that we see in the world around us—it’s not just paintings that influence us but everything in our surroundings."

    - Hellen van Meene

    • Hellen van Meene Untitled #423, 2013 Chromogenic print 12 x 12 inches Edition of 10
      Hellen van Meene
      Untitled #423, 2013
      Chromogenic print
      12 x 12 inches
      Edition of 10
      $6,000.00
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    • Hellen van Meene Untitled #366, 2010 Chromogenic print 12 x 12 inches Edition of 10
      Hellen van Meene
      Untitled #366, 2010
      Chromogenic print
      12 x 12 inches
      Edition of 10
      $7,000.00
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    • Hellen van Meene Untitled #479, 2016 Chromogenic print 16 x 16 inches Edition of 10
      Hellen van Meene
      Untitled #479, 2016
      Chromogenic print
      16 x 16 inches
      Edition of 10
      $6,000.00
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    • Hellen van Meene Untitled #100, 2000 Chromogenic print 16 x 16 inches Edition of 10
      Hellen van Meene
      Untitled #100, 2000
      Chromogenic print
      16 x 16 inches
      Edition of 10
      $8,000.00
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    • Hellen van Meene Untitled #331, 2008 Chromogenic print 12 x 12 inches Edition of 10
      Hellen van Meene
      Untitled #331, 2008
      Chromogenic print
      12 x 12 inches
      Edition of 10
      $8,000.00
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