There are many stories about Agnes Scherer but the one I always remember was the one told by her mother the first time that we met. The scene was set at a family picnic in the lush forests of Franconia and the family Scherer had found a pleasant spot beside a babbling brook. The young Agnes was but 5 years old and wandering free while the rest of the family chatted on the floral blankets. With bare feet she waded into the cool water; collecting stones from the riverbed; turning them over in her fingers; then dropping and throwing them back in. The brook was rich with life and in particular, schools of trout. As the young Agnes played in the water she spied a trout swimming towards her leg. With a quick and simple grab of the hand she plucked the fish clean out of the water and ran with its flapping body to her mother as she yelped with excitement. That day the family Scherer dined on Agnes‘ catch and later, as she lay in bed thinking about the fish and the meal that it provided, she glowed with pride.
Over the following years it began to dawn on Agnes that she had a gift. Every time she saw a fish swimming within an arm’s distance in the water she intuitively knew how to pluck it out and how to hold the slippery body tight. As she got older and the boys of the village gathered to witness her skills she would trick and tease them. Her favorite game was to pull back the underpants‘ elastic of one of the stunned boys and drop inside the writhing and slapping body of her catch. As her victim ran and jumped and attempted to free the slippery creature, Agnes would sometimes drop a second fish in the backside of the boy’s underwear. In time, Agnes took her gift for granted, forgot about it and took up other interests. The last trout she attempted to pluck from a stream slipped through her fingers.
– Douglas Felt
Born in 1985 in Lohr am Main, lives an works in Duesseldorf
2016 diploma of Fine Arts at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf (classes of Prof. Peter Doig and Prof. Enrico David).
2011 M.A. in Art History, Archaeology and Cultural Studies at the universities of Tuebingen and Vienna.
Landbuben, 8Quadrat, Cologne
Anfangen Pt. II, Elektrohaus, Hamburg
Mary und der Vulkan, KIT, Duesseldorf
Look at the Harlequins!, with Claudia Barth and Alison Yip, Kunstmuseum Solingen
Mittagstisch, Ladybug House, San Francisco
In Line with the Curve of Night, MODEL Gallery, Vancouver
Klasse Doig, Display Gallery, London
Pleasures, Down At The Studio, Mozartstrasse, Cologne
At The Indoor Pond, mit Claudia Barth and Alison Yip, Parkhaus am Malkasten, Duesseldorf
Sportsgeist, Künstlerverein Malkasten, Duesseldorf
Jenseits der Bühne, Edinburgh Art Festival 2013, Canongate Venture Building, Edinburgh
Fine Line?, KIT, Duesseldorf
2015 Nigel Greenwood Art Prize for the musical theatre project Cupid and the Animals (premiere scheduled for January 2017 at Tramps Gallery, London).
2012 RölfsPartner-Stipendium für Bildende Kunst