Abstract shapes plotted in bright colors characterize David Renggli‘s paintings. The intensity and brightness of the colors is created through the technique of reverse painting on glass. In multiple layers, the color is painted or sprayed directly on the glass, leading to a visual depth. The works exude a lightness and spontaneity, which invite the viewer to muse and explore the effect of proximity and distance. The artist creates spirited color formations in which the materials have seemingly become independent and merged autonomously.
Renggli’s sculptures, on the other hand, reflect a more processual aspect of his artistic practice. The viewer is unsure whether something has already happened or is about to happen. With a sense of humor Renggli re-enacts familiar objects within unfamiliar surroundings, thereby generating so called “perception traps”. With his camouflage tactics David Renggli dares the viewer to look at objects and situations without being inhibited by learned observation patterns. With his works the artist searches for a tipping point in cognition: When does a familiar image turn unfamiliar, become something strange? Where are the optical inversions, the picture puzzles in the photographs and magazine cutouts? Renggli’s images are arranged like still lives and elude a surreal and uncanny normalcy. Objects come together that in reality never would, and irritating contractions appear because certain objects have been scaled up or down in proportion to each other. Color, form, abstraction and motion are the main topics of Renggli’s artistic practice, which covers all types of media, including as sculpture, sound installation and painting. David Renggli studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich and the Gerrit Rietveldt Academie in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Zurich.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2013
Museum im Bellpark, Kriens, Switzerland, 2012
Kunstraum Baden, Baden, Switzerland, 2009
Via Farini, Milan, Italy, 2007
Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland, 2006

Selected Group Exhibitions
Kunstmuseum Bern, Berne, Switzerland, 2014
Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland, 2014
Futura, Prague, Czech Republic, 2013
Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland, 2012
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany, 2011
Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, 2009
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, 2009
Tate Britain, London, 2008
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland, 2008

Selected Collections
Frac Nord Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque
Museum Bellpark, Kriens, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum, Berne
Fotomuseum, Winterthur
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
Lumas Collection, Zurich
Kunsthaus, Zurich

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