Textones & Transitory Landscapes
Written by Meir Loushy
Olaf Holzapfel was invited to Israel for a research visit where, upon his encounters, he conceived a project that deals with his understanding of the multipolar societies in Israel and their relationships with the landscape.
In ‘Textones’, the first two works of the project, Holzapfel rolls up the Kabbalistic spheres/disciplines along with the texture of the landscape. In these pieces, he "folds" the metaphysic power of the Hebrew letters with the symbolism of the numbers, recalling the technique of Jewish sacred objects.
In the future works, he plans to reflect upon the idea of a transitory landscape. For these works, Holzapfel will focus on the Bedouin society in the Negev, linking their culture with today’s transitory ways of life. The artist is particularly interested in the different dynamics of these settled areas, which for him are the form for self-sufficient existence in rural developments.
Today, more than 50% of the global population lives in cities where emerging dynamics meet. For Holzapfel, the consequences and resolutions of this phenomenon are our future way of life