Olaf Holzapfel

 
Olaf Holzapfel's work (born 1969 in Görlitz, lives and works in Berlin) proves the indissoluble connection between human settlement, technique, and abstraction. Elementary space-generating methods like plaiting, weaving, and latticing—age-old settler techniques—stem from natural linear entities. These techniques are exceptional in that they don't differentiate between technique or machine, or whether a structure is purely functional, for living, or auxiliary. Holzapfel scrutinizes the perception and presence of material within space and whether an image discourse can exist without these physical modules. For him the landscape, and the material it contains, is more than a symbol that fixes identity; rather, it becomes a transmitter.

(external link : olafholzapfel.de)
 
Olaf Holzapfel - Textile
2021
trilingual edition (English / German / Spanish)
Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite
Olaf Holzapfel's textile works made from cactus fibre together with a family of traditional weavers from Argentina.
Olaf Holzapfel - Blaues Gras Entlang Flüsse / Pasto azul a lo largo de los rios
2021
trilingual edition (English / German / Spanish)
Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite
Olaf Holzapfel's and Guido Yannitto's textile works.
Olaf Holzapfel - The Rough Law of Gardens
2017
English edition
Sternberg Press - Monographs and artists' books
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.
Olaf Holzapfel - The Technology of the Land / Die Technik des Landes
2015
bilingual edition (English / German)
Sternberg Press - Monographs and artists' books
New monograph.
Olaf Holzapfel - Nakano Sakaue - Verhandelte Zeichen
2009
bilingual edition (English / German)
Sternberg Press - Monographs and artists' books
Nakano Sakaue documents a series of photographs realized by Olaf Holzapfel during a residency in Tokyo. The artist has depicted a kind of residue from the city's buildings: neon lights, images, and street signs, which are featured as so many promises for orientation.


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