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Markus Raetz

Farideh Cadot

With a few bits of twig and some slightly bent sheets of zinc, Markus Raetz constructs an art pared down to a skeletal structure, a structure that is a metaphor for the poetic structure of art. His work is about art yet is neither proselytizing nor didactic, never falling into the reductive analysis of the type of deconstructive art currently in vogue. Raetz reflects the workings of art by presenting metaphoric equivalences that are layered and complex in meaning.

Raetz’s metaphors are not literary but visual and perceptual. He rejects the linear, rational, instructive pleasures of the text for a language that is symbolic, spatial, temporal. Hence he is fascinated by anamorphic constructs that combine all of these concerns. This show, Raetz’s first in the United States, contained two anamorphoses. Glas (Glass, 1981) and Reflexion (Reflection, 1985) each consist of rough twigs pinned to the

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