Michael Raedecker - Contemporary Artists

Destructive Superstition

Destructive Superstition The Saatchi Gallery
 

Michael Raedecker

Destructive Superstition

2004
Acrylic and Thread on Linen

198 x 330cm

The Dutch have always been masters at still life. Michael Raedecker’s flowers have a subtle quality of unparalleled grace captured in a glow of intellectual order and mathematical refinement. He presents a canvas and a half as one: a classical and elegant subject doubled, like gliding seamlessly from one film still to the next. The heavily rendered bouquet almost acts as a propellant weight. Stitched delicately along the background, an attenuate tangle of lines provides a further sense of motion. Reminiscent of sheet music, Michael Raedecker presents a painting with the enveloping ambience of a film complete with soundtrack.
 
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