Bertram Zöhl      Kunst & Malerei
 
 
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SCARECROWS

Legions of scarecrows erected by farmers in the mid-1980s on Gomera in the Canary Islands were the inspiration to place these male and female figures in a new context.

The first project was installed in Erding, near Munich, with figures 15 to 20 feet tall on an outdoor sculpture trail.
Their next appearance was in a vineyard near the village of Alf on the Moselle River.

The performance featured the poet Josef Schwarz reading from Karl Kraus’ The Last Days of Mankind.


    
           

Deutscher Michel
100 x 60 cm

Frauenportrait
120 x 60 cm

Wächter
130 x 90 cm

Bargespräche
120 x 60 cm

Liebesduett 1 + 2
60 x 80 cm

Annäherung
120 x 60 cm

Schneider
100 x 60 cm

Golfkrieg 1
150 x 100 cm

Venedig
150 x 100 cm
 

The two rows below: The near oblivion of a once common art form – scarecrows in farm fields – moved me to begin photographing these objects wherever I found them. Paintings based on the photos began to emerge on Crete in the early 1990s, with the country bumpkins turning into city slickers.

Medium: Acrylic on canvas