What color photographer wouldn’t want to shoot in a country where people celebrate one holiday by throwing powdered pigments at one another? There seem to be traces of that festival, Holi, in “Red, Yellow & Blue,” a triptych in “India Upclose,” Gordana Gerskovic’s Foundry Gallery show. But it’s impossible to be certain, since the Zagreb-born local artist uses a macro lens to zoom into the details. She contemplates surfaces intimately to hint at their depths.
As in previous work, Gerskovic seeks the weathered and worn: rusted metal, aged stone, walls with traces of almost-lost words and embellishments. Some titles indicate the locations, such as temples of Shiva or Hanuman. Others invoke such Hindu concepts as “Pitta (Fire)” — an apparently charred exterior — or “Shanti” (peace). Yet the visual results aren’t less a tour of India than of the photographer’s vision. Gerskovic makes the close-up a window to the universal.
Gordana Gerskovic: India Upclose On view through May 28 at Foundry Gallery, 2118 Eighth St. NW. 202-232-0203. foundrygallery.org. firstname.lastname@example.org