ADAPTATION SYNDROME | Painting in Contemporary Image Culture
Daniel Raedeke’s paintings allude to consumer culture’s elaborate show while “exploring what can be done to subvert painting to increase its relevance.”
Raedeke says, “the work stems from a questioning of the function that images have in our lives today. The complex textures and experiences of the outside are sampled, assimilated, and distilled into a neutral state arranged and ready for today’s visual consumption. Experience is repackaged as object.”
His “bump” paintings incorporate an almost rubbery lusciousness—he says he likes to make paintings that babies could chew on—while recalling toys and such utilitarian objects as the bumpy safety strips at the edges of metro tracks and crosswalks.