Maike Abetz and Oliver Drescher

Contemporary Fine Arts Galerie (CFA)

Gallery shows that draw parallels between music and visual art can be difficult to take, because one of the two generally seems to suffer. Pop music, for example, is much more dependent on context than artists who use it as a reference often seem to suggest. That it can still be productive to make the comparison—however flawed the results—is demonstrated by the work of the Berlin-based artists Maike Abetz and Oliver Drescher.

For their recent installation Up Against It, the team transformed the gallery into the den of an obsessed music fan. Most of the walls were papered with moire patterns, giving the space a period Op-art ambiance; against this background Abetz and Drescher displayed large canvases painted in a mod style that juxtaposed Britpop stars with older icons of soul. The remaining wall was covered with a patchwork of album covers from bands including the Shangri-las,

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