Michael Raedecker

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Since the 1990's Michael Raedecker receives international recognition for his paintings depicting conventional forms such as landscapes, still-lifes, draperies, ruins or houses with a totally unconventional technique. His combination of classical painting and forms of sewing, stitching and embroidering allows a particular engagement with the way texture and physicality can determine a surface. The stitched threads structure his paintings, highlight details and function within the interaction of colour and imagery as both connecting and fragmenting means. Raedecker chooses familiar motifs, like everyday objects, fabrics or generic architecture to generate a certain atmosphere rather than to create a narrative context. Thus, his works develop a distinct formal language that uses figuration as an artistic means among others, leaving space for the viewer's own associations.

"Raedecker’s images are hand-embroidered onto washed-out grounds – all shadows, dust and pale ill light – that sprout occasional hairy clumps of fibre, or bear deep and fraying puncture wounds. Here and there, we encounter a paint drip, or its stitched double. As peripheral as they might seem, these meticulous, labour-intensive pictorial elements are key to understanding the artist’s playful way with temporality. A drip, of course, occurs in a split second, and is the product of accident or chance, while replicating it in thread is a long procedure that requires a measure of planning. […] If this is to some degree a joke about intention, its humour is deepened when we consider it in light of the traditional idea of the painterly genius, producer of single, unrepeatable brush strokes (the crinkled line of a smile, the fleck of light in the eye) that make the canvas come miraculously alive."

Tom Morton in Michael Raedecker, Galerie Max Hetzler and Holzwarth Publications, 2010

Image: Plot, 2013, acrylic and thread on canvas, 190 x 158 cm

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Darren Almond, Tauba Auerbach, Mark Barrow & Sarah Parke, Jeff Elrod, John Houck, Navid Nuur, Albert Oehlen, Michael Raedecker, Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille, Kelley Walker, Christopher Wool, Toby Ziegler

Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris 2014
With a text by Pierre-Nicolas Bounakoff

€ 15.00



Darren Almond, Glenn Brown, André Butzer, Rineke Dijkstra, Günther Förg, Mona Hatoum, Jeff Koons, Vera Lutter, Marepe, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Frank Nitsche, Albert Oehlen, Yves Oppenheim, Richard Phillips, Michael Raedecker, Bridget Riley, Thomas Struth, Rebecca Warren, Christopher Wool, Toby Ziegler

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications / Ridinghouse, Berlin and London 2014
With texts by Julie Sylvester and Jean-Marie Gallais
Edited by Jean-Marie Gallais

€ 45.00

Michael Raedecker - Galerie Max Hetzler

Michael Raedecker

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2010
With a text by Tom Morton

€ 35.00

Always There - Galerie Max Hetzler

Always There

Haluk Akakçe, André Butzer, Günther Förg, Mark Grotjahn, Arturo Herrera, Sarah Morris, Frank Nitsche, Albert Oehlen, Yves Oppenheim, Richard Phillips, Michael Raedecker, Anselm Reyle, Kay Rosen, Kelley Walker, Christopher Wool

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin 2008
With a text by Gudrun Inboden

€ 40.00

Selected Press