Black holes, buttons, floodwaters – Roni Reuven

Black holes, buttons, floodwaters – Roni Reuven

By Dorit Kedar


Black Holes


Roni Reuven, From the series “connected vessels”, 1987, Mixed Media on Plywood, 120 X 150 cm.

During the 90s of the previous century, Reuven chose for his artwork large-sized plywood foundations (100X100 cm) for his complex compositions. These were made up of figurative and geometric motifs, illusory two and three dimensional surfaces – preventing the viewer’s eye from any possible orientation clues. Confusion is enhanced by a sense of a heavy overwhelming nebula with sporadic flickering light.

The center functions as a black hole, aspiring any approaching component or a volcanic crater vomiting and scattering geometric fragments, horse-fractures  rhythmic scribbles and concrete motifs – All descendants of an alienated strangeness.

Black holes resemble an instinctive burst imposed by coercion to become.




From the series “Elka”, 1999, Mixed Media on Paper, 70X70 cm.

Works accomplished in the 21st century are of diminished size, yearning to soften the ambience by extracting from daily routine – items as buttons, coats, oven mitts, and frying pans, wallpapers insinuating rococo and art-deco design, and Arabic tiles.

Black holes wrap habitual isolating, deforming their size, bringing forth dark connections.

Buttons grow self-terrified swallow-holes; a belt might become a hanging rope while a buckle is a malevolent weapon.

The bursting instinct asking for help from appealingly inoffensive routine items is overcome and ferociously defeated by them.




From the series “Encoded”, 2015, Mixed Media on wood, 100X70 cm.

Contemporary works carry the genetic of black holes and buttons, overpowering thick curtains of floodwaters boundlessly streaming and raging, pointing towards the immense wave of the Unknown, threatening the awareness of both artist and viewer.


About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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