Michael Riedel


silkscreen on linen
47 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches

Michael Riedel employs a variety of media and techniques in his work, which he describes as an “aesthetic interest in the faults of transmission and transference.” At the core of his practice lie ideas in publishing. His works often reference and utilize artist’s books, catalogueues, brochures, posters, and cards. The artist recreates, often by producing variations on existing material from his own body of work. Here, Riedel creates a unique work via the silkscreen process, a technique typically used for reproduction of images. He takes chattered lines of computer code, and then obscures them with large dots and the word “visible.” The final composition is a comment on production, design, and communication. In 2013, Riedel was invited by the Palais de Tokyo in Paris to create three site-specific installations in the museum’s event space. In 2012, his work was the subject of a major survey, Kunste zur Text, at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. Other solo exhibitions have taken place at Kunstverein Hamburg; Städel Museum, Frankfurt; and Kunstraum Innsbruck. He has participated in a number of group shows, including those organized by Sprengel Museum Hannover; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin; Tate Modern, London; and Kunsthalle Bern.