Koerner's art has unique, and tragic, origins. He is the last of five brothers who, through genetic abnormalities and cancer, passed away young. Their mother was Japanese and was 11 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped near her home in Nagasaki, Japan.
These pieces are tintypes that simulated the bursts and biochemical fallout from the bomb. The pieces are beautiful but when placed in context they become both terrifying and bleak. This is art with a lesson; we've created and used weapons that do not just kill, they keep killing through generations and ultimately end life. These pieces reach out to you absent the knowledge of their history but with that history they mean even more.
Click on the gallery link above to find out more about the artist HERE. You can see these works at Expo Chicago 2019 , September 19-22, 2019.