The work Scarecrow / Scarecrow (pink boy) (2020) by David Renggli can be seen in the garden of Villa Schöningen during the lockdown.
The artist's work is inspired by classic scarecrows. Renggli himself describes his obsession with these: “Even when I was younger, I was fascinated by scarecrows because I see them as sculptures - they are an imitation of humans, whereby the sculptures have a completely different meaning in a funny sense ... in the the audience are birds. Renggli's work is steeped in humor and poetry. It shows up in the form of sculptures and conceptual painting. Renggli designs complex, intermedia productions - he acts as a media jack-of-all-trades. In his works, there are repeated appropriations of everyday or cultural-historical pictorial languages that refer to ancient sculptures and also to images from the press landscape.
David Renggli (* 1974) lives and works in Zurich, CH and Texas, USA. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich and the Gerrit Rietveldt Academie in Amsterdam. He has participated in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, including in the following institutions and galleries: Wentrup, Berlin; Migros Museum, Zurich; Kunsthalle Freiburg, Freiburg; Museum Kunstraum Baden, Baden; Tate Britain, London; Bellpark Museum, Kriens; Philara Collection, Düsseldorf; Rosenblum Collection, Paris; Associaziane Barriera, Turin; Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen.
David Renggli, Scarecrow/Vogelscheuche (pink boy), 2020 © Villa Schöningen, courtesy the artist and Wentrup Gallery.