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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    These embroidery nodes go way beyond any discussions of thread’s sex. They act as ontological focal points. Michael Raedecker uses materials as if to generate a classification system or hierarchies of reality; stirred paint for rocks, wool for mountains and curtains and large plants, cotton for shadows. Raedecker’s images of empty interiors, landscapes, exteriors of Americanesque bungalows and simple portraits evoke powerful memories of a certain kind of American film. They often radiate a slightly unheimische mood, which undoubtedly has to do with the fact that in these paintings the human figure is completely absent. Raedecker’s paintings play a game of taking out and leaving in. On the one hand they are empty, almost schematic images created from just a few lines, a few visual fragments. On the other hand they have something archetypical, almost familiar about them. One way Raedecker achieves this effect is by building his images out of very carefully executed details, contrary to the apparent schematic character of the work. Taken from www.postmedia.net

187

Shot

1997
Acrylic and thread on linen.
55 x 70 cm. (21 5/8 x 27 1/2 in).
Signed, titled and dated ‘MICHAEL RAEDECKER ‘shot’ 1997’ on the overlap.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £26,900

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm
London