Ingo Vetter & Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop

Yaffo 23, Jerusalem
March 03 - June 21, 2013

“Mythographies“ ties together myth and geography, thus pointing at those special instances when a mythical dimension is embedded in a certain geographic domain. “Mythographies“ explores the way history and fantasy cross each other’s paths and examines the links between landscape, collective memory, people and nation.

The Woodshop realized a site-specific structure in the exhibition space. With the help of agronomist and political writer Avinadev Begin, a huge amount of Tree of Heaven branches were collected from the Jerusalem area, in order to build a geometric structure in the exhibition space.

The Ailanthus tree is commonly regarded as a rampant weed, without any kind of use or value. The Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop has been working with the wood of this tree as a post-industrial resource to realize furniture, objects and installations. On the other hand Avinadav Begin has in his writings, discussed the perspective of Ailanthus as an invasive species, taking over the Jerusalem vegetation within the next ten years. Aware of the multi-layered symbolic meanings of this tree, we shared our experience and interests and realized the new installation.

Sol Lewitt’s Geometric Structures in mind, we aimed for a structure, which takes space and in the same time creates an own place, a structure to play the use/uselessness of the material off against the most rational construction principles.

Curators: Roy Brand and Sagit Mezamer
Participating artists: Karen Russo, Gustavo Sagorsky, Ingo Vetter and Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop, Ariel Reichman, Jeremy Millar, Ohad Meromi, Ester Schneider, Jonathan Ofek, Avner Ben-Gal, Francis Alÿs, David Schocken, Melanie Daniel