Johannes Daniel, UNSPECIFIED, 2018
Daniel Poller, Castle Residents (Schlossbewohner), 2017
2 x 2
two Double Exhibitions With Four Positions of Young Art

Part II
Johannes Daniel Paintings
Daniel Poller Photography


21st April to 2nd June 2018
Opening: Friday, 20th April 2018, 6-9 p. m.


A painter and a photographer – Johannes Daniel and Daniel Poller – are featured for the first time in Berlin in Galerie Poll’s second edition of their exhibition series 2 x 2. The series had opened with new works by the painter Justus Bräutigam and the photographer Susanne Keichel.

Johannes Daniel avails himself of conventional painterly means and develops these into topical pictures. This process of image crafting is central to his examination of the conditions and possibilities of painting. He is particularly interested in the transformation of everyday situations, of viewing perceptions in exhibitions or hearing and reading experiences as well as of digital images in his artistic works. For Daniel this leads to an ongoing process of development and formulation of pictures: “For me the compulsion to continue on with my work lies in the repetition and sampling of pictorial ideas and fragments and the fundamental unreachability of a conceptual construct in the painterly expression, because the next formulation is the renewed attempt to thematise the relationship between the inner and the painted image.”

The oil paintings are individual pictures, but they always stand in a relationship to those that were painted before or after them. For Daniel this correspondence plays a role by the presentation of his works, as does the tension that arises through the calculated arrangement of small- and large-scale formats.

Daniel Poller’s series Der große Gewinn is based on a calendar with historical photographs of the Braunschweig castle, supplemented by an eraser on which the crown of the Welf dynasty is printed. Destroyed by bombs in the Second World War, the castle was demolished in 1960, but then partly rebuilt in 2007. Since then, a contemporary glass structured shopping centre in the middle of the Braunschweig inner city is housed behind the historical elements of the façade. Such “historical reconstructions” are popular throughout Europe. More and more often the original structures are replaced by replicas, thus turning them into a reinterpretation of history.

The eleven motifs of the series Der große Gewinn deal with the history of the reconstruction of the Braunschweig castle. Poller reproduced and enlarged the pages of the calendar on pigment prints in a format of 160 x 110 cm and then effaced parts of the historical motifs with the eraser. This erasing produced white areas with which the photographer refers to the arbitrariness of the “reconstruction” of the castle façade based on historical photographs. The art historian Marcus Andrew Hurttig speaks of “negative painting”, because the canvas already contains the pictures as prints, while the eraser, as the form-giving brush, leaves behind traces of the deletion.

The reinterpretation of architecture in the urban space and the resulting distortion of history is a central theme of Poller’s photographic work. “In this sense Daniel Poller deconstructs and analyses not only the architecture and its reproductions, but at the same time the function of photography.” (Maik Schlüter)

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Johannes Daniel, born in 1987 in Halle an der Saale, completed his studies at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig in 2017 as master student of Prof. H.C. Ottersbach. The artist received among other things the Saxony Scholarship in 2016, and in 2017 several of his works were bought by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony for the State Art Collections of Dresden (exhibition until 4 May 2018 in the Federal Representation of the Free State of Saxony in Berlin, Johannes Daniel lives and works in Leipzig. He took part in NGORONGORO II, the exhibition of the gallery weekend at Berlin-Weissensee (26 to 29 April 2018,

Daniel Poller, born in Rodewisch in 1984, completed his studies at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig in 2017 as master student of Prof. Peggy Buth and Prof. Joachim Brohm. The photographer received several scholarships, including the work scholarship of the Stiftung Kunstfonds in 2018. In 2015 he was awarded the Aenne Biermann Prize for contemporary German photography in Gera (1st Prize) and in 2017 the European Architectural Photography Prize (2nd Prize) in Frankfurt am Main. His works can be found i.a. in the State Art Collections of Dresden, the German Museum of Architecture in Frankfurt am Main and the Art Collection in Gera. Daniel Poller lives and works in Berlin and Leipzig.

View of the exhibition, ©

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