13 Attempts to Become a Rooster - 3

Wolfgang Lettl1978

Lettl Collection

Lettl Collection
Augsburg, Germany

The series "13 Attempts to Become a Rooster" dates back to the years 1977/78.

The series may be considered a surreal Curriculum Vitae.

In this third image a lath structure is the rooster, a red windmill represents his comb, and green and purple ribbons form his tail. These two elements combined with the snow flurries summon up childhood memories.
Groups of garbage cans standing around serve as a contrast to the almost dainty rooster protruding into the image.

Wolfgang Lettl writes about his childhood:
As for the question why I am painting such crazy pictures, I think my psychiatrist is the competent authority. He told me that it is a relatively often observed phenomenon for people whose imagination may initially be considered quite normal, to suddenly find that in an environment that is monotonous and uninteresting in every respect and devoid of any incentive for a measured and harmonious development, their imagination starts to grow rampant like a cancer, and to boil over, so to speak.
Such an exuberant imagination tends to lead its owner astray, producing mostly sex killers and ideologues, as well as the occasional surrealist.

If I spent my childhood in a smug, square small town?
"No way," I said, "our school class once even visited the Golden Hall inside Augsburg City Hall."


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