26 March 2016
Clara Guislain: David Renggli - Real Estate Astrology
David Renggli’s pieces could be understood as by-products of a cultural misunderstanding. Clashes between valid and adulterated archetypes, they play on conflicts between “primary” sensory perception and the impulse to categorise into an aesthetic and symbolic order. Interweaving orthodox references to modernism, classical statuary, industrial and decorative design, as well as local folklore and the world of ethnographic museums, Renggli’s pieces draw attention to how objects gain and gradually lose meaning. And this in accordance with an acculturating context, of which they intensify the element of contingency and put norms out of balance through a double bind principle. “For how much you believe in something that you don’t believe in ?”.
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