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Against the Tide: 1000 Years, Melting Down 1, Melting Down 02

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Against the Tide: 1000 Years. 2010 
Edition 1/8
Archival pigment print
51 1/2″ x 72 7/8″.
Courtesy of the Artist and Angles Gallery, Los Angeles

Against the Tide: Melting Down 1. 2010.
Edition 2/8.
Archival pigment print.
47” x 31”.
Courtesy of the Artist and Angles Gallery, Los Angeles.

Against the Tide: Melting Down 02. 2010.
Edition 2/8.
Archival pigment print.
47” x 31”.
Courtesy of the Artist and Angles Gallery, Los Angeles.

 

Roland Barthes once said, “Cameras [are] clocks for seeing.” In the long, blurred exposures of Melting Down 1 and 2 (behind you), we can sense the swift passage of time, as if looking through a suddenly rustled curtain. Compared to seeming permanence of 1000 Years, a day-light cherry blossom in full bloom, the trees of Melting Down seem to be receding, weightless specters. When the nuclear bomb fell on Hiroshima, trees were left scorched and bare, no branches and no blossoms. Gersht invokes that memory here. For every bud that resiliently blooms, there are others, ambient and frail, bearing the memory of the blast.

–Caleb Bissinger ’13
Gund Gallery Associate

 

Against the Tide: 1000 Years, Melting Down 1, Melting Down 02
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