An artistic language

Nahum Tevet explores how objects are arranged in a given space and forces the viewer to change perspective.

By DAVID STROMBERG
May 31, 2012 11:22
An Artistic Language

An Artistic Language. (photo credit: Elad Sarig)

 
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When spectators first engage with works by sculptor Nahum Tevet (b. 1946) their first reaction is usually to see them as a homage to or perhaps an extension of early Soviet Constructivism – the foremost heroes of which were Alexander Rodchenko, Kazimir Malevich and Vladimir Tatlin, whose unbuilt tower remains the iconographic image of that era’s ambitious modernist spirit. But Tevet, who readily admits his affinity for this movement, connects with it on a critical plane.

“One can read Constructivism as a social project that arrived at a dead end,” he says. “I’ve always worked with love for this kind of art, together with an awareness of its failure.”

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