Helix F

Michal Rovner
Helix F
Michal Rovner, Helix F, 2012, LCD screen and video. Museum purchase with funds generously provided by Peter Morris, Maria Morris Hambourg Barlow ’71, David Morris, Laura Morris Walls, and John Morris; and by Milly and Arne Glimcher (Mildred L. Cooper, Class of 1961) in honor of Suzanne Kibler Morris (Class of 1944) 2019.94
 
Helix F is the first work by Michal Rovner to enter the collections at the Davis Museum. Born in Tel Aviv in 1957, Rovner studied cinema, television, and philosophy before receiving her BFA in photography from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Rovner’s multidisciplinary background adds dimension to her art, as she creates connections between science, art, language, and visual abstraction through digital media. She has been featured in over 60 exhibitions since her first exhibition at the Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv, including a mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art.
 
Rovner employs simplified and schematized forms in her work to discuss broad and globally evocative themes such as time, history, and science rather than specific events and issues. In the Helix series (2012), Rovner explores questions of nature, identity, dislocation, and the fragility of human existence. She uses an LCD monitor like a canvas, forming organic patterns that converge and separate through animation. Sometimes the moving figures appear humanoid, other times they resemble genetic chains or chromosomes as if viewed through a microscope. While the ideas Rovner presents in Helix F are familiar, her utilization of LCD monitors pushes the boundaries and shows the complexity and range of work made possible through technology and new media.