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Lines/strips in the Landscape

The current exhibition is the outcome of a fruitful collaboration between two creators who are both interested in the Israeli landscape and its future: Nurit Gur-Lavi (Karni) and Dafna Greenstein.

These women's approach to landscape reflects two disciplines. Nurit Gur-Lavi is a painter who has dealt in her works with various aspects of the Israeli landscape, ranging from a macro, map-like overview, to a micro, detail-oriented, observation. Daphna Greenstein is a landscape architect who participated in major planning and landscape projects in Israel, addressing infrastructure, urban design, public open spaces and more (among her projects you can find segments of roads 4 and 6, Alona – ancient water park, Tel Dan nature reserve,Haifa Government Offices roof garden, Hecht Park, Shikmona Shore, and the German Colony in Haifa).

Gur-Lavi and Greenstein are united by a natural affinity to the local landscape and a profound interest in the agricultural scenery. They observe their surroundings from two different points of view, different fields, but they are both constantly striving to interpret and preserve it.

Among her other subjects, Gur-Lavi paints her childhood landscape, surrounded by orchards, and grounded in political and autobiographical contexts (for example, her “Aerial photographs of Gaza” series). In her paintings she reconstructs the agricultural views that are being consumed by urbanization and development processes.

As a landscape architect, Greenstein is similarly fascinated by the attempts to understand and analyze the landscapes around her. Since she was involved in projects that penetrate the landscape and impregnated it with infrastructure elements, she is constantly concerned with issues of preservation, rehabilitation, and diminishing the damage caused to our natural surroundings.

 

The shared creative process produced works delivered by both artists – together and separately. In their many forms, these works address the deepening gaps between open and populated spaces, between the vastness of nature and the infrastructure grids that scar them.

Some of Gur-Lavi’s works displayed in this exhibition stem from research materials and maps collected or created in Greenstein’s landscape Architecture office (the installation “Road Six” and the paintings series “Alcea and Drimia”). Other parts of the exhibition refer to a conceptual thesis brought forward by Greenstein, concerning the future of open spaces in the central regions of Israel. The theoretical discussion is the origin of a combined floor piece, “Hadera-Gedera”, Gur-Lavi’s series “the transparents” and the engravings series “High Voltage”.

The floor piece, which was created specifically for the gallery’s space, is based on Israel’s center infrastructure master plans, and accentuates the presence of dense grid of lines, which are created by random allocations of various infrastructures. In the foreseeable future, some of these strips of infrastructure grids will be the only traces of open spaces, in light of the intensive developments in the area. A visual representation of this futuristic thesis by Greenstein, along with projects that relate to infrastructure grids within the landscape, are displayed on screens as part of the exhibition.