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Betongold


March 19th – April 10th, 2016
Opening: March 18th, 18h
solo show at
Keith, Berlin

TOP ZUSTAND!!!


September 18th – September 2oth, 2015
Opening: September 18th, 18h
solo show at
Haus1 Berlin

Im Inneren der Stadt


July 18th – October 4th, 2015
Opening: July 18th, 16h
group show at
Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst & Künstlerhaus Bremen

(un)möglich - Künstler als Architekten


February 21st – May 1st 2015
Opening: Feburary 20th, 20:00
MARTa Herford

List of artists: Absalon, Vito Acconci, Atelier van Lieshout, Caroline Bayer, Herbert Bayer, Thomas Bayrle, Hans op de Beeck, Dai Goang Chen, Anja Ciupka, Constant, Stephen Craig, Jan De Cock, Theo van Doesburg, Herman Finsterlin, Isa Genzken, Dionisio González, Dan Graham, Beate Gütschow, Wenzel Hablik, Erwin Heerich, Carsten Höller, Walter Jonas, Anish Kapoor, Tamás Kaszás, Tadashi Kawamata, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Gordon Matta Clark, Isa Melsheimer, Heike Mutter / Ulrich Genth, El Lissitzky, Michael Pohl, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Claus Richter, Christine Rusche, Gregor Schneider, Thomas Schütte, Charles Simonds, Monika Sosnowska, Georges Vantongerloo, Johannes Wohnseifer

Interview on art-rated.com



Interview by Sarah Elise Hall, NY. Click headline to read.

Michael Pohl: MIRAGE


February 2nd – February 21st 2015

Solo show at Pehrspace, Los Angeles

Selected Works

Neues Museum

Installation view NEUES MUSEUM in a kiosk in Herford's city. Model on rotating plinth, black paint, mounted text on wall
Neues Museum (New Museum) is a site specific work developed for the show (un)möglich - Künstler als Architekten at MARTa Herford. It prsents a fictional new museum to the audience both in a shop window display and on a giant construction-site announcement. The architecture itself is a reaction to the MARTa museum itself, a Frank O. Gehry building that seems somewhat out of place in a tiny westfalian city. Also part of the work is a group of posters announcing imaginary shows at the museum to be, which contain references to art world and art market-related topics. info 01 Installation view NEUES MUSEUM in a kiosk in Herford's city. Model on rotating plinth, black paint, mounted text on wall /01 02 detail of the NEUES MUSEUM model. cardboard, photo prints, rotating plinth, 180cm x 180cm x 55cm

The model is based on reconstructions of two buildings next to MARTa Herford, which have been constructed out of photographs taken on site. These buldings are the basis for the museum's construction. All other elements have been developed out of architecture descriptions from newspaper museum reviews. /02 03 Installation in front of MARTa Herford. printed digital drawing on panels, wood, 400cm x 550cm x 150cm

The giant sign announces the future museum across the street from the museum housing the actual show. The show's sponsors' logos have been also placed onto the sign. /03 04 posters for imaginary exhibitions at NEUES MUSEUM, installation view at MARTa Herford /04 05 poster for imaginary art show at NEUES MUSEUM. digital print, folded, framed, 60cm x 90cm /05 06 poster for imaginary art show at NEUES MUSEUM. digital print, folded, framed, 60cm x 90cm /06 07 poster for imaginary art show at NEUES MUSEUM. digital print, folded, framed, 60cm x 90cm /07 08 /08 09 /09
detail of the NEUES MUSEUM model. cardboard, photo prints, rotating plinth, 180cm x 180cm x 55cm

The model is based on reconstructions of two buildings next to MARTa Herford, which have been constructed out of photographs taken on site. These buldings are the basis for the museum's construction. All other elements have been developed out of architecture descriptions from newspaper museum reviews.
Installation in front of MARTa Herford. printed digital drawing on panels, wood, 400cm x 550cm x 150cm

The giant sign announces the future museum across the street from the museum housing the actual show. The show's sponsors' logos have been also placed onto the sign.
posters for imaginary exhibitions at NEUES MUSEUM, installation view at MARTa Herford
poster for imaginary art show at NEUES MUSEUM. digital print, folded, framed, 60cm x 90cm
poster for imaginary art show at NEUES MUSEUM. digital print, folded, framed, 60cm x 90cm
poster for imaginary art show at NEUES MUSEUM. digital print, folded, framed, 60cm x 90cm

Einzelstücke

1968 FORD Mustang V8 S-CODE WIDEBODY Special [ US-Imp. ] 350 PS !---Oldtimer---, 2015, folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 30cm x 45cm
This series of works is based on images of cars that are offered for sale online.These pictures, printed on high-glossy photo paper are folded and crinkled into threedimensional shapes and filled up with foam. Each work's title refers to this car's online ad.
1977 Porsche 911 RS Breitversion Umbau wie Turbo ! 3L.Motor, 100% Rostfrei., 2015, folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 30cm x 45cm
Details zu BMW 528 Touring Hamann M5 Optik 20zoll Gewinde Fw Leder Tuning Showcar usw, 2015, folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 50cm x 35cm
Pontiac Fiero V6 - Automatik - Breitbau Umbau Tuning Einzelstück !, 2015, folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 90cm x 60cm
BLACK MONSTER TRUCK Chevy Blazer K5 Silverado Extrem-Show-Car TOP-ZUSTAND!!!, 2015, folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 90cm x 60cm
KULT ★ KLASSIKER ★ OLDTIMER-TUNING ★ VW JETTA I ★ GOLF 1 STUFENHECK, 2015, folded and crinkled paper, PU Foam, plaster, paint, 30cm x 45cm

Seascapes II

Panadura I, 2013, photo collage on paper
Seascapes is an ongoing series of collages made out of photographic prints of images found online. For this series I use images found on the internet of sinking ships. The images are professionally printed by a photo studio and then cut and arranged by hand. Through rotation, mirroring and collage, the material is remixed, so that abstract constellations or machine-like floating objects arise. By collaging them individually by hand, the cuts, marks and traces of the working process also become part of the picture. Each work bears the title of its pictured vessel.
Algoport, 2014, photo collage on paper
Sima Sapphire, 2014, photo collage on paper
untitled, 2014, photo collage on paper
untitled, 2014, photo collage on paper
untitled, 2014, photo collage on paper
untitled, installation view

Worüber man nicht schweigen kann

Worüber man nicht schweigen kann, installation, 2014, plastic pipe, audio players, speakers, sound, approx 4.5m x 4m x 5.8m
Collaboration with Peter Schloss. This sound installation plays two audio loops of approx. 30 minutes out of opposite ends of a plastic pipe found on the site of the exhibiton venue. Each loop has been compiled by one of the two artists out of the same material, a recording of Peter Schloss' and Michael Pohl's conversation held planning and discussing the installation itself.
Worüber man nicht schweigen kann, installation, 2014, plastic pipe, audio players, speakers, sound, approx 4.5m x 4m x 5.8m
Worüber man nicht schweigen kann, installation, 2014, plastic pipe, audio players, speakers, sound, approx 4.5m x 4m x 5.8m
Worüber man nicht schweigen kann, installation, 2014, plastic pipe, audio players, speakers, sound, approx 4.5m x 4m x 5.8m

ad nauseam

ad nauseam III, 2013, projected video loop, dimensions variable
ad nauseam is an ongoing series of looped video projections with sound (currently five videos have been completed). All use low-quality found footage such as cell-phone videos, depicting boats fighting huge waves in heavy seas. From the source material, short sequences are seamlessly looped using digital editing techniques: the boats appear to rise up and crash down on the same waves over and over forever. The videos are installed as large-scale projections, so that the size of the image supports the immersion of the viewer. The work is usually presented as a two-channel installation; the combination of videos varies.
ad nauseam II + III, 2013, two channel projection, dimensions variable
ad nauseam V + II, 2014, projected video loops, public space
ad nauseam II, 2014, projected video loop, public space
ad nauseam V, 2014, projected video loop, public space
ad nauseam I, 2013, projected video loop, dimensions variable

Seascapes I

Ariake, 2o12, photo collage on cardboard, 42cm x 30 cm
untitled, 2o12, photo collage on cardboard, 30cm x 42 cm
untitled, 2o12, photo collage on cardboard, 30cm x 42 cm
untitled, 2o12, photo collage on cardboard, 30cm x 42 cm
untitled, 2o12, photo collage on cardboard, 30cm x 42 cm

Developing of a work

Developing of a work, 2012, audio installation in car, public space
This work is a collaboration with Peter Schloss. In a car, the recording of the two artists driving around the location of the installation, discussing the project, the neighbourhoods architecture, their personal views on the art world and other topics is playing. The audio has been re-cut into a non-linear composition, yet maintains the illusion of a continuous drive.

Auditor

Auditor, 2014, installation view
The work deals with Auditor, the Strip Mine Dog, who lived in the poisoned area of Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana for 17 years. His miraculous story interested tourists aswell as scientists, as no other animal or plant could live on that site because of the high pollution. My work both investigates into the bizarre story of this dog and in the quality and appearance of the few texts and images available about it. The installation consists of several parts: Three frames show images of Auditor found online. A booklet containing collaged sentences from newspaper articles and internet blogs that deal with the dog’s story is presented on a wall mount. A video projection presents a simulated 3D-Flight over the area of Berkeley Pit.
Auditor, 2014, installation view
Auditor, 2014, three pairs of photos, framed, 20cm x 30cm each
Auditor, 2014, booklet display
auditor, 2014, installation view video display

unknown (caught on camera) - Photos

photograph, 20cm x 30cm
Series of photographs, part of the unknown (caught on camera) installation The photographs attempt to re-enact the process of capturing images of moving objects in darkness, especially investigating in the aesthetics of amateur UFO photography, showing backlit cutout symbols in motion, from different distances, using various digital cameras of differing quality.
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm
photograph, 20cm x 30cm

unknown (caught on camera)

unknown (caught on camera), 2014, installation view
unknown (caught on camera) addresses the authenticity and aesthetics of digital images in the age of smartphones when cameras have become ubiquitous among the general population. It combines this with an investigation into the ever-growing online archive of footage depicting “unkown objects seen at night.” The work consists of several pieces: an installation with wooden panels and neon lights, a series of ten framed photographs, a video loop displayed on a monitor, and a printed booklet with a series of found images. The work orginated from two found wooden panels which had symbolic images drilled into them resembling constellations or the lights on photographs of UFOs. Based on these I developed photographic works and video clips using the cutout symbols found on the boards. The photographs attempt to re-enact the process of capturing images of moving objects in darkness, showing the backlit cutout symbols in motion, from different distances, using various digital cameras of differing quality. The video clips - which combine to one loop of three and a half minutes - concentrate on the typical aesthetics of low-quality cellphone videos or internet footage: pixels, compression artifacts, shaky images etc. The boards, backlit with neon tube lights, and the framed photographs are installed on facing walls, so that the lights from the panels are also mirrored and reflected in the the photographs. The hidden neon tubes serve as the sole source of light in the room. A small booklet mounted to the wall shows a series of 20 images of „unknown objects“ printed from the internet, which serve as a counterpart to the images „staged“ by me.
unknown (caught on camera), 2014, two chipboard panels, neon tubes, 180cm x 200cm x30cm
unknown (caught on camera), 2014, detail
unknown (caught on camera), 2014, 8 framed photographs, each 20cm x 30cm
unknown (caught on camera), 2014, 8 framed photographs, each 20cm x 30cm
unknown (caught on camera), 2014, booklet on wall mount

515-us-at-cape-neddick-light-house-me.jpg

515-us-at-cape-neddick-light-house-me.jpg, 2012, digital collage, photographic print on aluminium, 100 cm x 60 cm
The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records, which were sent into space aboard the two Voyager spacecrafts launched in 1977. The records contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them. Going through this material, I came across the image No.42, a picture of a lighthouse. Researching the location of the actual lighthouse, I found that it has become a famous tourist attraction on the coast of Maine. I collected the numerous pcitures people had uploaded of themselves with the lighthouse in the background, and assembled these into a digital collage of translucent layers centered around the attraction. /0_info 01 515-us-at-cape-neddick-light-house-me.jpg, 2012, digital collage, photographic print on aluminium, 100 cm x 60 cm /01 02 515-us-at-cape-neddick-light-house-me.jpg, 2012, detail /02 03 /03 04 /04 05 /05 06 /06 0
515-us-at-cape-neddick-light-house-me.jpg, 2012, detail

Princess of the Stars

Princess of the Stars, 2011, lightbox, 50cm x 35cm
A low quality photo of the sunken Princess of the Stars found online has been turned upside down, so the vessel's name is upright again.
Princess of the Stars, 2011, detail

Die Baader-Meinhoff-Sonnenbader-Gruppe

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When Attitudes Become Foam

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Been There Done That

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CV



Selected solo exhibitions
2016 Betongold, Keith, Berlin, DE
2015 TOP ZUSTAND!!!, Haus1, Berlin, DE
MIRAGE, pehrspace, Los Angeles, USA
2014 Bekanntes & Unbekanntes, Boutique Raum für temporäre Kunst, Köln, DE
2012 irgendjemand muss doch, Künstlerhaus Schloß Wiepersdorf, DE
SYSTEM, di.vitrine, Düsseldorf, DE
Das Richtige Tun, Abteilung für alles Andere, Berlin, DE
2010 The Center, WLTWSAETLV Project Space, Montréal, CA
2009 Wewerka Pavillon Zwei, Wewerka-Pavillon, Münster, DE
Savoir Vivre, That Is: Staying Alive, Cité des Arts International, Paris, FR


Selected group exhibitions
2015 (un)möglich! – Künstler als Architekten, Marta Herford, DE
Im Inneren der Stadt, Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Weserburg Bremen
2014 TAVIDAN - Ursprung und Entstehung, Weltkunstzimmer Düsseldorf, DE
Strata, SØ Gallery, Kopenhagen, DK
Welcome 2: Sorry we ate your Brains, Motobol, Berlin
2013 BATMAN ELECTRONICS, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, DE
Berlin Art Prize, Berlin, DE
2012 DO IT AGAIN - Repetition, Reflection and Repulsion in Contemporary Art, Galerie Europa, Berlin, DE
2011 Ida-Gerhardi-Preis 2011, Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid, DE
Emy-Roeder-Preis, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, DE
2010 Kunst aus der Region, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, DE
EmscherKunst, Ruhr2010, Recklinghausen, DE
2009 Aufriß, Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster, DE


Education

2002-2005 Studies of Philosophy at the University of Mainz, Germany
2003-2005 Academy of Fine Arts Mainz (with Prof. Ullrich Hellmann)
2005-2009 Academy of Fine Arts Münster (with Profs. Maik & Dirk Löbbert), Diploma
2010 awarded Meisterschüler (“Master student”)


Prizes and Grants
2007-2010 study grant by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
2008/2009 6-month residency at Cité des Arts International, Paris, France
2010 artist in residence at We Left The Warm Stable And Entered The Latex Void, Montréal, Canada
2010/2011 studio grant at Künstlerhaus Schulstraße, Münster, Germany
2012 5-month residency at Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany
2013 Berlin Art Prize, shortlist
2015 artist in residence at Eastside International, Los Angeles, USA
2015 Künstlerhaus Lukas residency, Ahrenshoop, Germany



Curatorial Projects
2007 initial project space, Münster
2008-2010 project space CLUB69 (with Tim Dannenbert & MArcel Hiller)
2010 Deutsche Meisterschaft Kunst im öffentlichen Raum 2010
(German Masterships of Art in Public Space, with Peter Schloss)
2011 Curator of the exhibition NEW IS THE NEW NEW, Temporäre Kunsthalle Münster
2013 1-year online project the.SPACE (www.thespacesite.de)
2015 the landing strip, www.thelandingstrip.de

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