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Artist Markus Raetz (01:46)


Wall installation: the word “YES” morphs into “NO.” Other pieces by Markus Raetz create illusions.

Markus Raetz on Creating Art (02:26)

Artist Markus Raetz creates a piece and explains that sometimes art is born out of boredom. He says his entertaining work can become addictive.

Search for Stimulation in Art (01:02)

Monica Raetz explains the importance of her Markus' alone time for his creative process. He says he is always waiting for an impetus. He looks at his notebooks and drawings because they are full of unmade things.

Markus Raetz in the Studio (01:20)

In his studio Artist Markus Raetz saws wood for a piece. He likes to work with his hands and does not use a computer.

Layered Wood Sculpture (01:58)

Markus Raetz explains how he has used sketches to create two identical cylindrical forms that create the illusion of a woman's figure from negative space.

Inside Raetz's Mind (02:48)

A look inside Markus Raetz's notebook reveals some interesting ideas. He carries notebooks around to put down sketches and ideas. Pablo Stähli has published three of these books.

Markus Raetz on Ideas (01:34)

Markus Raetz discusses his notebooks and the way his work changes from the idea stage to realization. He photographs two layered wood sculptures he has created to create the shape of a woman out of negative space.

Freedom of Thought and Vision (02:53)

Images of Markus Raetz's work are shown. An art curator explains Raetz's move from Switzerland to Amsterdam. His wife says that the freedom he found in Holland opened the floodgates for creativity.

Markus Raetz on Conceptual Art (01:06)

Markus Raetz discusses how his worked changed after moving to Amsterdam in the 1960s. He began making conceptual art; “Kassetten” is an example of his work from that period.

Art from Common Perceptions (02:39)

"Autelier" and "Bett" are two pieces Markus Raetz painted in Amsterdam in 1969. He and his wife learned Dutch and became "integrated" in the city. A curator friend says Markus's perceptions often took him a step further than others.

Markus Raetz Young Artist (02:02)

Markus Raetz says drawing was encouraged by his father as a means of expression as he was growing up in Switzerland. He draws a picture to illustrate the possibilities of creating space with lines.

Markus Raetz "Planetarium" (01:54)

Markus Raetz says he did not have access to comics growing up in Switzerland and became fascinated with them upon moving to Holland. Many of his works from that time involve Mickey Mouse.

Markus Raetz: "Kopf" 1984 (01:15)

Sketches and photographs show the creation of one of Raetz's' pieces from conception to realization. The piece is located in Merian Park, Basel.

Markus Raetz: Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam 1979 (04:11)

An art curator and friend of Markus Raetz, explains how he used Polaroid photos to create large pieces of work on cloth in including "Portrait Von Monika". Raetz explains that he was attempting to see how far one take abstraction and still see a face.

Portrait of Markus Raetz (01:28)

Art curator and friend of Raetz, says that he has never taken a satisfactory picture of the artist who does not like to be photographed. Several photographs are shown of the artist at work.

Markus Raetz: Finished Sculpture (03:11)

Inside his studio Markus Raetz sands a meticulously layered wood sculpture. It is half of a piece that will create the image of a woman's shape from negative space.

Look at How it Turns! (01:45)

Markus Raetz explains that when he began working with spirals he was fascinated to see how lines turning shape against a white wall no longer looked three dimensional. "Gryoskop" and "Eva" are two of these works.

Markus Raetz: Art in Nature (02:48)

In the 1960s Markus Raetz stayed in Ramatuelle in the south of France. He brought very few materials because he was curious how boredom would inspire him to use local material. "Zeemansblick" is a piece that reflects that time.

Markus Raetz: "Neapal-Fries" 1979-1981 (02:51)

Markus Raetz sets up an art piece and explains how he began to see drawing as a type of sculpture.

Markus Raetz: Different Angles (02:21)

As Markus Raetz sets up a piece he explains how the viewer is meant to stand in different positions to experience anamorphosis. “Dryade” from 1985-1988 and “Hasenspiegel” from 1998-2000 are two pieces that accomplish this goal.

Recreating Markus Raetz (02:20)

Artist Markus Raetz supervises as others create molds and replicate one of his sculpture pieces.

Contemplating Markus Raetz (03:43)

An art curator and friend, calls Raetz a genius inventor. He cites "Nichtpfeife" from 1991-1992 as an example. He explains that Polaroids are very important to Markus's work. He shows a many photos from a book made up of Markus's Polaroids.

Markus Raetz: "Mimi" 1979 (01:25)

Artist Markus Raetz sets up an exhibit using pieces of wood.

Markus Raetz: "Duo" 1996-1998 (01:45)

Markus Raetz discusses the long gestation period of "Duo". He explains that he is fascinated with faces because they call for subtle differentiation. He calls the face a system of signs that people learn to read in childhood.

Discussion of Markus Raetz (00:57)

Art curator and friend, says Markus Raetz is not connected to politics or current events. He explains what makes "important art" and says he cannot speculate about how Markus's' work will be perceived by future generations.

Markus Raetz: Transitional Forms (02:16)

Markus Raetz says he became interested in uniting two different motifs in one sculpture. He says this can be accomplished by combing a side view with a front view. His wife weighs in on what motivates him.

Markus Raetz: "Gross Und Klein" 1991-1193 (02:08)

Art curator and friend, discusses Markus Raetz's work in relation to how it is received and processed by the viewer's brain.

Markus Raetz: Transformation (03:00)

Artist Markus Raetz watches as his team pours iron molds of his layered wood sculpture.

Markus Raetz: Artistic Process (01:26)

While at work in his studio Markus explains that he does not revisit work because he is patient but because he has found a way to move forward with the project.

Markus Raetz: "Friese Eolienne" 2005 (01:18)

Curator and friend of Markus Raetz, calls his tiny pieces of sculpture moving in the wind music like.

Markus Raetz: "Nach Man Ray" 1995-2005 (02:26)

Markus Raetz consults with another artist who is going to turn his original wood sculpture into a new piece with a patina finish. Markus recalls how he got the idea to transform the piece into iron.

Markus Raetz:Exhibit (01:56)

Several of Markus's pieces are observed at an exhibit including "Nach Man Ray".

Markus Raetz:The Process (02:16)

Artist Markus Raetz consults with his assistant on several projects.

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Markus Raetz: The Artist as Magician

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The word “YES” morphs into “NO.” A man with a hat becomes a rabbit. A human face doubles as the space between two other faces. These are some of the visual challenges at the core of Markus Raetz’s art—tricks that call into question the viewer’s fundamental assumptions about reality, movement, and change. In this program, the Swiss artist allows cameras into his studio to record his creative process and working methods. From simple, whimsically curved wires to meticulously layered wood sculptures, the documented pieces—interwoven with commentary from members of Raetz’s inner circle—reveal his conceptual and technical prowess. His fascinating sketchbooks and animated films are also featured. (Portions in German with English subtitles, 74 minutes)

Length: 75 minutes

Item#: BVL41365

ISBN: 978-1-61616-854-4

Copyright date: ©2008

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