Rotem Rozenboim | Great White

Rotem Rozenboim, a graduate of HaMidrasha Faculty Of Arts (2014), creates wild and intense paintings, bordering the grotesque and cartoonish, explores the field of contemporary painting, and expands its boundaries. His paintings show a divergence between the colorfulness and happy picturesque richness and the subjects of the paintings. They depict unstable situations of the human body and encounters with sickness, weakness, and disintegration processes. In the background, there are strange, crumbling, and obscure landscapes and surfaces. The painting is accessible and communicative, inviting and entertaining, and at the same time, wild, aggressive, uncomfortable, and unrefined. Under the guise of lightness, freedom, and humor, a strong physical and internal sense of dissonance arises between life’s intense taste and the disintegration of culture, society, and the uncertainty of contemporary human existence. In his paintings, Rotem Rozenboim creates living environments and apocalyptic landscapes, with the characters inhabiting them being hybrids of humans and monsters imprisoned in the hallucinatory situation, running, eating, sailing, floating, drifting in the current, and maintaining social ties. In most landscapes, there is water – lakes, rivers, small bodies of water, a muddy bog, a public bath, or a bath. The watery, liquid energy serves him by supplying a general sense of chaos, drowning, decomposition, secretions and creates a parallel to the pictorial, ointment like-liquid-smeary and decomposing material. The exhibition’s name, Great White, refers to a cruel shark, an image that appears humorously in many of his paintings, as the figure of a friendly sea monster who is resurrected and roams the human world. Rotem Rozenboim has a light hand and a flowing brush. With their help, he creates his picturesque world, without boundaries and inhibitions, like a child building in his sandbox a parallel universe to which the laws of society do not apply. “Bad painting,” loose and cheeky at its best!

Ziva Jelin

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