Fields of Fire, an exhibition of new work by Michal Rovner, includes works from 2005-2006 created after her 2004 journey across Central Asia. At Rovner’s final stop on that trip, a remote oil drilling camp in Kazakhstan, she found and filmed the elements from which she composed various works. Rovner used the jet of flame, which shoots from the tops of oilrig smokestacks as natural gas is bled off of the well, as her primary subject.
The largest piece, Fields of Fire (2005) was on view last year in the artist’s solo show at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. New works are being exhibited for the first time, including video pieces from Postcards and Hybrid Fields.
Rovner (b. 1957, Israel) studied cinema, television and philosophy at Tel-Aviv University and received a B.F.A. in photography and art at the Bezalel Academy. In 1978 she co-founded Tel Aviv’s Camera Obscura Art School for studies in photography, video, cinema, and computer art. Ten years later, she moved to New York City.
Rovner’s work is in several permanent collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.