I had the chance to visit Daniel just before his takeoff to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Daniel lives and works in Kassel, Germany. Born in the northern part of Germany he first studied architecture in Kiel while being fascinated in big cities, technology and its impact on humanity. Daniel studied Manga at Kyoto Seika University, Japan and graduated with a degree in Visual Communication (Illustration and Comic) at the University of Kassel, school of art and design. Still being a Master Student he invited me to his studio in the beautiful Atelier built by former architectural teacher and professor Paul Posenenske.
The work of Daniel focuses on the influence of technology on humanity and it’s immediate surroundings such as design, architecture, urbanization. The background stories are inspired by literature and scientific research on the so called “singularity” – a point in time where human and technological progress fuse into one. The presented characters are from various social backgrounds and all have different problems in their lives. His characters take design cues and citations from varied aspects of pop-culture: Haute-Couture fashion, cartoon character design of the 1930’s, Japanese animation and special effect TV-series.
“Forty years into the future amazing developments in nano-technology have finally given humanity the freedom to choose a body of their own design”.
To me it´s amazing to see the figures of Daniel as he mixes Names, Styles and prominent characteristics of comic-figures, pretaporter-designs and organic metarmorphoses to very outstanding personalities. The characters all have a story within their own world and the colors that Daniel uses are really awesome at all.
Please imagine that Daniel developed a whole serie of eatable handmade sugarlike pills that he describes as metamorphin. I´d really like to taste one but if you stay in the U.S. during his show you should get your hands on one of them!
Daniel already had exhibited in various galleries around the globe including the coming solo show at LA’s Toy Art Gallery from 28th of May till 12th of June this Year. If you´re in L.A. at this time you might really like to visit the show and see the beautiful artwork and maybe the master himself. Recently his work has also been featured and sold at Philips De Pury’s “NOW” Contemporary Art auction.
Daniel also runs a blog about handmade art toys called Reduced Figuration. You can visit the Homepage of Daniel at danielgoffin.com and follow him on twitter at twitter.com/danielgoffin
Thanks for inviting, Daniel, and the very best wishes for your show!