I don’t know what it is that I liked about Michael Raedecker‘s work currently showing at the Camden Arts Centre. The work is clean… for want of a better way to describe it. The simplicity of the lines (fine sketching), and the muted greys and blues… with hints of vivid colours. Very peaceful. Verging on dark. Absorbing. The feel of some works reminds me of Morandi.
On close inspection, you notice that the vivid colours are in fact made of thread and wool.
therapy (above, right) amused me. What better than tea and cake when you need help! Insignificance, however, hints at destruction (possibly the ‘historical desctruction of Carthage’). There is another piece, in gallery three, which has stayed with me. A large embroided flowery pattern on a darker background. The colours bright. The kind of work you can live with… as long as you have a large room! Raedecker’s work I think is better seem from a distance (up close, I found myself getting too absorbed by the thread work).
Michael Raedecker: line-up is on at the Camden Arts Centre until 28 June 2009. FREE.
NB: The photos above are from the Camden Arts Centre‘s free pamphlet about the exhibition.