David Renggli is a Swiss artist, known for his installations and sculptures made of everyday objects – from rubber boots to leeks. His works often play with the fine line that distinguishes conservation from deterioration. Daybed #10 and #5 are benches adorned with stones – from afar the benches look like an invitation to a place to rest; distant laughter attracts and induces us to bend down to its source. Renggli is successful in stimulating the attention of the beholder. He cleverly brings us to distrust the banality of our first thought and invites us to look again more closely.
The unanticipated conjunction of a multiplicity of various everyday materials and motifs characterize the sculptural objects and spatial installations of Renggli. Renggli creates apparently known objects, which upon closer inspection frequently emerge to the observer as surreal, absurd grotesques because of their material composition or the combination of objects. The moment of surprise shapes the aesthetic principle, which is a recurrent theme in Renggli’s work.
His practice implies unbalance, and distills the doubt surrounding the permanence of the categories and styles that usually guarantee the validity of our perceptive framework. Fashioning a world populated by fakes, reflections, illusorily unsteady shapes and ideas and then quickly retracted, over the years his art has been capturing reality by means of its stand-in and has been poeticizing the “fake”. Fake paintings, fakes sculptures, fake objects, and false equations – and yet the artificial attains to something of an autonomous truth, or what could be called authenticity.