In the mid-1950s, at a time when abstract art was still being hotly debated in the St. Gallen artistic community, David Bürkler (1936-2016), barely twenty years old and from a humble background, decided to become an artist and turned to informal and concrete painting. Over the years, his forms of expression have expanded to include collages, assemblages and sculpture. Characteristic of his mature work is the interweaving of everyday objects and found objects with minimalist formal language alongside an exciting combination of different materials.
Conversations with the idiosyncratic artist and his exemplary archives, which also include press articles from over sixty years, enabled the author Corinne Schatz to provide a wide-ranging insight into his life and work as well as into the developments of the art scene in his hometown of St. Gallen, which he followed and commented on throughout his life as a contentious spirit. Sadly, David Bürkler passed away a few months before the book was published.
Containing further texts by Isabelle Köpfli, Fred Kurer, Simone Schaufelberger-Breguet and Roland Wäspe as well as numerous newspaper articles and illustrations.