Curator: Tolkovsky Zvi
19 Mar — 7 May, 2011
In the installation “Life Circles”, Ruti Matityahu uses symbols from the religious and historical world of knowledge in order to create a renewed inner dialog with the phenomenon surrounding us – the visible, the hidden and that between them. The minimalism in Ruti’s works makes sure these symbols – that in their mundane surroundings may contradict and even oppose each other – are neutralized and therefore allow a new interpretation of the situation they reveal and the way they are displayed. This multi-dimensional thought process of reality-ritual-condition causes a flood of questions regarding the relationship between us and the world surrounding us – between the world of existence and the world of experience.
Matityahu takes the material to minimalist places and by so doing neutralizes part of its common characteristics. The exhibition displays a circle of white butterflys, a sculpted bird’s wing, a turning wheel on which ten purple circles are painted. In the center of the room stands a mosaic with a pomegranate in the midst of a blue circle. The work faces the wall – to see it one must circle it and thus be forcibly drawn into a ritual atmosphere.
The logical element is intertwined into the installation – from the exhibition’s materials throughout their meaning and the way they are presented.