The Rough Law of Gardens

Olaf Holzapfel / Nahum Tevet

Edited by Galia Bar Or, Hans Günter Golinski
Text by Galia Bar Or

The Rough Law of Gardens documents Olaf Holzapfel and Nahum Tevet’s eponymous joint exhibition and explores the intergenerational differences between two unique artists. Both artists’ work rejects the global logic of growth and traverses the bounds of sculpture and painting: each of their practices involves ideas to do with materiality, learning, and memory. Rather than a conventional two-person show, “The Rough Law of Gardens,” was a thought process in which aspects of work by one artist were developed, exaggerated, but also inversed, or simply ignored in the work of the other. The exhibition did not pretend to render the affinity between the combined selections of works necessary. Instead, it raised questions regarding the relationship, or lack thereof, between the two art practices in order to reflect on the artists’ connection with or isolation from the historical circumstances and social realities in which they come.

“The Rough Law of Gardens” was concurrently shown in 2015 at the Kunstmuseum in Bochum, Germany, and the Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel.

Copublished with Kunstmuseum Bochum, Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod
Design by Michal Sahar

Sternberg Press

April 2017, English
16.8 x 23.5 cm, 82 pages, 4 b/w and 40 color ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-259-5