Daniel V. Kellers’ works frequently refer to architectural elements and materials, although extracted from their original context mainly seem to question their appearance. Deriving from an ongoing investigation into the urban, manmade environment, Keller accumulates the generic visual language of our contemporary constructed surroundings. The tension between urban planning and organically grown landscapes becomes apparent in his works that infallibly copy techniques used for outdoor design imitating natural structures.

The approach of the surface is of great importance in Daniel V. Kellers’ work. Meticulously covering his sculptures in bathroom tiles for instance, he draws attention to the façade of residential environments, extracting day-to-day materials from its habitat like a freeze frame. He invites the viewer to take a peek behind the scenes by turning materials inside out, revealing their artificiality, preserving their characteristics and making them inert.

Text: P/////AKT Amsterdam