Markus Raetz

Aargauer Kunsthaus

In 1969, Markus Raetz, then twentyeight years old, participated in the epochal exhibition “When Attitudes Become Form.” The entry of language into art as a medium in its own right brought early international recognition to the work of this crafty draftsman and word acrobat, and though Raetz recently installed a text object in a public space in Geneva, his earlier word-images have generally given way to optical experiments, as this retrospective exhibition, “Nothing is lighter than light,” shows. An example of this tendency is Kopflose Mühle (Headless Mill), 1993–2002. Two carousels turn in opposite directions, generating between them the image of a turning head. With metal plates, light, and motion, Raetz creates the illusion of a three-dimensional sculpture. Through light effects alone, a virtual bust arises in our perceptual field, turning continually around its own axis.

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