Michael Koerner

Phases #4719, 2017

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6.0 x 8.0 in (15.2 x 20.3 cm)


This work ships from Chicago, IL, US.


Michael Koerner is the only surviving child of five sons born to his mother, who was a survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945. She and all four of his brothers succumbed to a genetic disorder attributed to gamma ray exposure. As an organic chemist new to art making, Koerner’s work interprets his family history and trauma by creating unique collodion photograms on six-by-eight-inch tin plates. By blowing photographic chemicals through a straw or dripping and layering agents onto the surface of tin plates, Koerner uses his body to simulate explosions, effects of radiation, and cellular deformations, pondering the battlefield sustained within the lives of his family members decades after the blast.

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