Eran Shakine’s Pool series is a direct reference to Israel’s past: Roman ruins dot the country. His subtle images, specific references, limited range of colors and rough surfaces create a form of expression, particular and universal, timeless and eternal. Reminiscent of German painter Anselm Kiefer in their materiality, Shakine’s works demonstrate an adept materiality. Earth pigments, burnt sienna, ocher lava powder and asphalt, beside chalk-like drawing and incisions, signify his affinity to the primal, the primordial, the situation of a past.

There is something to be said about the implications he draws in choosing to exhibit the remains of the Romans. He generalizes the basis of the human condition, about boundaries, the causes of ethnic conflict: the overwhelming urge to have a place all one’s own, and the destruction that can come with this impulse. Just has the Roman Empire reigned over the land of Israel, so does the current reign claim its stake.


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Pool, 1996
Oil on cardboard mounted on canvas
56 x 57 x 4 cm (22.05 x 22.44 x 1.57 in)
Courtesy of The Artist

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Eran Shakine, Pool, 1996, oil on cardboard mounted on canvas

Eran Shakine
  • Dimensions
    56 x 57 x 4 cm (22.05 x 22.44 x 1.57 in)