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Michael Raedecker

Where is the Madness You Promised Me (group show)
Hudson Valley MOCA, Peekskill
16 February 2019 - 21 April 2019

Michael Raedecker, That's the way it is, 2003. Photo by Maksim Akelin. Courtesy of Hudson Valley MOCA
Michael Raedecker, That's the way it is, 2003. Photo by Maksim Akelin. Courtesy of Hudson Valley MOCA

Where is the Madness You Promised Me brings together a selection of international dystopian paintings that go beyond the typical gray, post-apocalyptic scene. Inspired by personal experience and real-life observations, the works in this exhibition imagine potential dire futures while remaining firmly rooted in fears and anxieties sparked by present conditions.

The paintings presented act as vehicles of social commentary by exploring extreme classism, deteriorating environments, global reliance on technology, and various ills that could spawn bleak new futures. [...]

The haunting and occasionally humorous paintings in the exhibition are symptomatic of artists’ suspicion of the status quo and an unsteady fear of tomorrow—they are warning signs painted to awaken the observer. In presenting these bleak absurdities, Where is the Madness You Promised Me demands a critical look at the present and the structures upon which we stand.

Hudson Valley MOCA, Peekskill