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Blow Up, Untitled 19
(2007), Ori Gersht
This Israeli artist offers the ultimate deconstruction of the traditional flower piece and still life. Here his team meticulously recreated a Fantin-Latour, flash froze it with liquid nitrogen and blew it up, the moment of destruction captured by high-speed cameras. The result is a terrible beauty. This violence – an underlying theme of Gersht’s work – is too fast for the eye to comprehend. Technology is not recording reality or truth but creating it.