Laws of Form
Michael Riedel is an artist whose creativity encompasses different media and unites them under his signature style. His method “record, label, playback” is currently on view at the David Zwirner Gallery, the first display of the German creative’s artwork in London. The multimedia exhibition showcases works around the gallery space, from his honeycomb panels to the PowerPoint paintings which are based on his earlier poster painting, used as the base for the textual wallpaper. Along with these, a series of banners will be presented inspired by logos of selected, well known institutions, titled The Proposals for Change of Modern. These logos can be placed on a wall in various orientations, while they also serve as stencils for the following canvas works. The show entitled Laws of Form opened on April 5 and will run through May 31.
A wall of the gallery is filled with many posters and flyers from the art space in Frankfurt Michael Riedel founded with Dennis Loesch in 2000. The wall features a comprehensive collection of ephemera, including a photo of people gathered around a table in the Factory of Andy Warhol. The exhibiting artist recreated this situation once in his Frankfurt space, positioning friends in like manner to fit the photograph. The recreation is one of the leitmotifs driving the art of Michael Riedel forward, as it often appears throughout his oeuvre. However, his recreated pieces are not mere reproductions, as Riedel allows the current events and occurrences to influence his piece, only based upon a certain original work.
Along with the exhibition, the release of Riedel’s book Oskar will be presented, which is an updated version of artist book from 2003. The edition from 11 years ago documented the initial three years at the Oskar von Miller Strasse 16 space in Frankfurt, the current edition encompasses ten years of activity, including all the moves of the space caused by the demolition of the original home.
Production and book design make a separate part of Michael Riedel’s artistic activity, while Oskar is the fusion of his designer self and his “record, label, playback” moto.
London exhibition is organized in honor of decennial anniversary of the artist’s restaurant named Freitagsküche, he first opened at the original Frankfurt space in 2004. The establishment first served as the meeting place and a venue for Friday communal dinners, while recently it started serving lunch on weekdays. Riedel’s London show started with a private dinner honoring Freitagsküche, taking the flavor of Frankfurt out of Germany for the first time.
About Michael Riedel
Michael Riedel is one of the representatives of German contemporary art. He was born in 1972 and he is based in Frankfurt. In 2004 he joined the roster of David Zwirner, realizing four solo exhibitions at the gallery space in New York since. He was invited to the Paris’ famed Palais de Tokyo to produce a series of three in situ installations, and his work was exhibited across the USA and Europe alike, making part of notable group and solo exhibitions in some of the most prominent contemporary art spaces today.