Galerie Peter Kilchmann
Zahnradstrasse 21, CH-8005 Zurich
tel. +41 44 278 10 10
November 12 - December 17, 2016
Galerie Peter Kilchmann is pleased to present an exhibition with new sculptures and paintings by David
Renggli entitled Sunshine on Fruits. At the same time there will be a selection of new works by Tinus
Vermeersch in the Project Space.
Sunshine on Fruits is David Renggli’s second solo exhibition in the gallery. By making references not
only to art history, Modernism, classical sculpture and industrial design; but also to folk art and everyday
life, Renggli once again succeeded to create exciting sculptures and paintings. A series of small and
medium format bronze sculptures stands out. They were shaped after piles of straw and have
attachments of a head, arm, or leg. Renggli shapes these sculptures himself and then gives them a wax
bath. After drying, the straw figure is covered with a stable wax layer that is then used as negative and
the sculpture can be cast in bronze. During the casting process, the straw burns, making the sculpture a
unique piece. Also on view are new paintings from the ongoing series Floorplan Desire Paintings in
different formats. Painted in various colors, on wood in the background as well as on a coir mesh, the
paintings make allusions to concrete art and challenge the tradition of abstract art by intermingling with
the aesthetics of decorative interior design. When viewing the work one is confronted with an unusual
and irritating moment which recalls op art, without ever being absurd but with an ironic note. A further
body of work on view is a group of new sculptures entitled Good Vibe Gong. It consists of round steel
plates that hang at a distance from the wall. The steel plates were worked with a hammer in such a way
to remind visually and haptically large gongs that actually produce sound. The gong sculptures hint to
some of Renggli's earlier works that referenced musical instruments or were actually able to create
sound, such as Stairway to Heaven from 2010 or Compositions from 2013.
David Renggli was born in Zurich in 1974, where he lives and works. He has exhibited in the following
institutions: Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Museum im Bellpark Kriens, Kunstraum Baden, Fri-Art Kunsthalle
Freiburg, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Collection Philara Düsseldorf, Kunstmuseum Bern, Museum Rietberg
Zurich, Migros Museum Zurich, Kunsthaus Zurich and in 2015 at "Art Parcours“ at Art Basel.
Galerie Peter Kilchmann is proud to present for the first time in Switzerland a small selection of works by
Tinus Vermeersch in the project space of the gallery.
On view is a series of five works on paper, all tempera on prepared paper. The works are untitled and
show landscapes. These are no real landscapes, but landscapes always without characters,
architecture, or narrative. Flemish landscape paintings of the eighteenth century or of the great German
Romantics of the 19th century come to mind. For his drawings and paintings Vermeersch uses an
ancient technique thus creating a tension that attracts and fascinates. Vermeersch is the third generation
of an artist family.
Tinus Vermeersch was born in 1976 in Belgium and lives and works in the countryside near Ghent. He
studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. His works were on view in the following
institutions: The Drawing Center New York, Stedelijk Museum Lier, Guislain Gent Museum, MUBA
Tourcoing as well as in several gallery exhibitions.