Daniel Göttin - profile, photo credit IdeelArt gallery, minimal art

Daniel Gottin /   Daniel Göttin

Switzerland 1959

Installation, Minimal Art, Tape Art


Daniel Gottin
Daniel Göttin
July 16, 2015

Daniel Göttin is a Swiss contemporary artist. Working in a manner of minimal art, Daniel creates site-specific wall-works and paintings. In addition, Daniel Göttin is one of the directors of Hebel_121, an experimental art exhibition space located in Basel.

Daniel Göttin was born in 1959 in Basel, Switzerland. Although he was initially working as a technical draftsman for an engineering company, Göttin later enrolled into the School of Visual Art in Basel, where he got his degree in 1990.

Art of Daniel Göttin

Daniel Goettin - Untitled 1, 1995, work contact
Daniel Goettin – Untitled 1, 1995

Interaction of Material, Space and Appearance

Influenced by minimalist sculptural works, Arte Povera and the collages of Kurt Schwitters, Daniel Göttin uses common industrial materials such as paint, tape, wood, metal, polystyrene, plastic, and carpet to create his site-specific wall installations, public space art, paintings, and drawings.

I am interested in a work that makes the site visible through the artwork, and the site makes the artwork visible at the same time.

Through his wall installations constructed with tape, Göttin explores subjective nature of perception and seeks to reveal architectural and spatial nuances. Reminiscent of Op Art, Daniels’s wall works are iterative, responding to changing conditions and environments, and are aimed to unite art with the surrounding environment. Each new spatial situation provides a new experience of perception. The real space becomes an integral part of the installation, in a way that the artist is always inspired and challenged by the given space. Working with clear and simple geometric forms, Daniel Göttin creates artworks that activate the interaction between space, object and viewer.

Installation View

Daniel Göttin - Network 40, 2008, installation view at Peloton, Sydney, Australia, minimal art, installation, work contact
Daniel Goettin – Network 40, 2008, installation view at Peloton, Sydney, Australia

Göttin’s Works – Panels and Painted Blocks

Daniel Göttin’s oeuvre includes artworks that are made using many various approaches and techniques. In one series of works, Daniel created four-unit pieces consisted of acrylic painted MDF – medium density fibreboards. Same-sized and with a position that is clearly defined by the artist, units are separated by 10 cm intervals. Playing with symmetry and asymmetry, the compositions of panels are formed based on geometric patterns, unique to a singular unit.

Daniel Göttin’s Artworks

Daniel Göttin - Untitled 2, 1994, minimal art, painting
Daniel Goettin – Untitled 2, 1994

Another example of Daniel’s art is his compact painted block, which can rather be seen as a painted wall-object than a painting. Composed of not more than three colors separated by clear linear edges, block appear very solid and dense. The viewer’s attention is directed to simple colors and space within the object, corresponding with the reflection of light and shadow.

In other works, Göttin worked with an adhesive masking tapes painted over with acrylic paint, in order to create clear edges. Although the tapes were used and considered as leftovers, the artist gathered and used them for a different artwork, in which he mounted tapes on paper as a collage, and thus created a new value to the material.

Variables series, 2000

Left Daniel Goettin - Variable 5, 2000, Right Daniel Goettin - Variable 7, 2000, work contact
Left: Daniel Goettin – Variable 5, 2000 / Right: Daniel Goettin – Variable 7, 2000

Hebel_121 Art Space

Located in Basel, in 121 Hebel Street, this art venue was founded in 1998 by Daniel Göttin and Gerda Maise, an artist whose works are focused on transitioning existing objects into new visual units. As an experimental art space, Hebel_121 venue works as a platform for many foreign artists to develop and exhibit their site-specific installations. Some of the artists exhibited by Hebel_121 include Takashi Suzuki, Atsuo Hukuda, Cécile Andrieu, Kate Shepherd, Matthew Deleget, Rossana Martinez, Jurek Wybraniec, John Nixon, Julian Dashper, Jan van der Ploeg, David Tremlett, Alan Johnston, Julia Bünnagel, and Kenzo Onoda.

Daniel Göttin’s Exhibitions and Residencies

Since his career as an artist began in 1990, Daniel Göttin’s works have been featured internationally in over 60 solo exhibitions throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, Netherlands, Mexico and the US, in various venues such as museums, galleries, and non-profit organizations.

Daniel Göttin was artist-in-residency at many different art foundation, such as the Fremantle Art Foundation, now named Artsource, Australia in 1990, Donald Judd‘s Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas in 1993, the Shed im Eisenwerk, Switzerland in 1994, the:artist:network in New York in 2005, and Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, in the years 2007 and 2013.
Since March 2015, Göttin has been represented by IdeelArt.

Daniel Göttin lives and works in Basel, Switzerland.

Interview with Daniel Göttin on Ideelart

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Daniel Göttin - Hier da da dortGalerie Wenger, ZürichSolo
2016Screens and Soft Stones (with Gerda Maise)Gallery Gen, TokyoDuo
2016Double ViewBotao Gallery, NagoyaSolo
2016Hier Da Da DortGalerie Wenger, ZürichSolo
2015Double ViewPS Project Space, Amsterdam, NLSolo
2015eingangs #4Galerie Kim Behm, FrankfurtSolo
2015UpfallVilla Renata, BaselGroup
2015AlleGalerie Wenger, ZurichGroup
2015Ange(se)henBasler MünsterGroup
2015Network 55Bureau 14c, BernGroup
2015KA EditionsSpendhaus Museum, ReutlingenGroup
2014On SiteConny Dietzschold Gallery, SydneySolo
2014DioramaUtengasse sechzig, BaselSolo
2014BalanceYoukobo Art Space, TokyoSolo
2014form follows form follows formKunsthalle Basel (R15)Group
2014Approaching ArchitectureKunsthaus Baselland (R15)Group
2014Song for a pigeonGallery Coexist, TokyoGroup
2014One Place After Another - AC4CAPerth Institute of Contemporary Art, PerthGroup
201425 years CDGConny Dietzschold Gallery, CologneGroup
2014PS 1999-2014PS Project Space, AmsterdamGroup
2014Van Picasso tot Sol LeWittMuseum Meermanno, Den HaagGroup
2013CorrelationGallery Gen, TokyoSolo
2013ConstellationGallery Cocon, TokyoSolo
2013The GREAT little Graphic Art ShowPIT, EindhovenGroup
2012Daniel GöttinOaxaca Tape, MINUS SPACE en Oaxaca, Biblioteca Henestrosa, Oaxaca, MexicoSolo
2012Line-upGalerie Wenger, ZürichSolo
2012StructureImprints-Galerie, Piégros La ClastreSolo
2012PassageField Institute, Raketenstation HombroichSolo
2012Juxtaposition (with Atelier Hauert-Reichmuth)Kunst Raum RiehenDuo
2012Objekt und RaumKunstraum Oktogon, BernSolo
2012Panorama de 31 artistas internacionalesMINUS SPACE en Oaxaca, Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, MexicoGroup
2012FutureShock OneTwo - The New Concrete Internationaldr. julius I ap, berlinGroup
2012AC4CA à FabrikcultureFabrikculture HégenheimGroup
2011Merge3 (with Jeannette Mehr and Yvonne Mueller)Ausstellungsraum Klingental, BaselSolo
2011Concrete RelationsAnne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, ZürichSolo
2011Network 48Tongue and Groove, MelbourneSolo
2011Panorama 2SNO Contemporary Art Projects, Marrickville, SydneySolo
2011Angles and EdgesOffice Project Space, Factory 49, SydneySolo
2011Objekte und Tafeln IIGalerie Florian Trampler, MünchenSolo
2011Portability and NetworkSpaces, ClevelandGroup
2011Dark LightHermannshof, VölksenGroup
2011Konkrete 2Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, PerthGroup
2010Network 45 with SignsMINUS SPACE, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2010 Daniel Göttin with Lisa JonesConny Dietzschold Gallery, SydneyDuo
2010Diamond ShapesGallery Terashita, TokyoSolo
2010Edinburgh TapeSleeper, EdinburghSolo
2010Julian Dashper (1960-2009) - It Is LifeMinus Space Project Space, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2010mobilmachenKunst im Zeughaus GelterkindenGroup
2010Edition 5 ErstfeldHaus für Kunst Uri, AltdorfGroup
2010Composite VisionsCentre d’Art NeuchâtelGroup
2009PanoramaPIT, De Verschijning, TilburgSolo
2009Transformer 3Hebel_121, BaselSolo
2009True MemoryEmbassy of Switzerland, TokyoSolo
2009New WorksConcept Space, ShibukawaSolo
2009Daniel GöttinHouse of Art, BudweisSolo
2009Transformer 4Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal (R10)Group
2009fully bookedHotel Beethoven, BonnGroup
2009SUMMERGoddard de Fiddes Gallery, PerthGroup
2009Open House for ButterfliesMinus Space Project Space, BrooklynGroup
2009Minimal Variety FormsConny Dietzschold Gallery, SydneyGroup
2009We Go Far...And Way BackShow Gallery, Staten Island, NYGroup
2009Der Letzte KofferTurbine GiswilGroup
2009Abstract RealitiesUSQ Gallery, ToowoombaGroup
200930x30cm Project - A Contemporary Print CollaborationMcNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TXGroup
2009RashomonLe Petit Port, LeidenGroup
2009Factory 49 exchange exhibitionbell street project space, WienGroup
2009AC4CASNO Contemporary Art Projects, Marrickville, SydneyGroup
2009PS Amsterdam 1999-2009PS AmsterdamGroup
2009PS Amsterdam 1999-2009Kunstruimte K09, GroningenGroup
2008Daniel GöttinBFA Gallery, LiempdeSolo
2008Network 40Peloton, Chippendale, SydneySolo
2008New Works (with Rosa Hessling)Conny Dietzschold Gallery, SydneyDuo
2008Sydney TapeFactory 49, Marrickville, SydneySolo
2008Network 43Kunstverein Freiburg, Regionale 9Group
2008Transformer 2Fabrikculture Hégenheim, Regionale 9Group
2008Editions and MultiplesCCNOA at The White Hotel, BrusselsGroup
2008Small FormatGallery Terashita, TokyoGroup
2008JamPeloton, Chippendale, SydneyGroup
2008GegenstandslosGesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung e.V., BonnGroup
2008MINUS SPACEP.S. 1, Long Island City, NYGroup
2008Aan het licht gerichtDe Vishal, HaarlemGroup
2008The Leiden AssemblageLe Petit Port, LeidenGroup
2008Akio Igarashi, Daniel Göttin, Natsuo HashimotoGallery Terashita, TokyoGroup
2008Group Showiegallery, Toowoomba, AUSGroup
2008Daniel Göttin, John Nixon, Helen Smith, JurekWybraniecGoddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth, AUSGroup
2008Tape ThisArte Libro, SchellebelleGroup
2007Düsseldorf TapeKonsortium, DüsseldorfSolo
2007Objekte und TafelnGalerie Florian Trampler, Diessen am AmmerseeSolo
2007TransformerYoukobo Art Space, TokyoSolo
2007Tokyo TapeGallery Gen, TokyoSolo
2007End of year gallery artist exhibitionGoddard de Fiddes Gallery, PerthGroup
2007(fast) AllesGalerie Florian Trampler, Diessen am AmmerseeGroup
2007LiftKunst Raum Riehen, Regionale 8Group
2007ShiftSNO 33, SydneyGroup
2007Beauty Farm (with ststs)Neue Kunst im Hagenbucher, HeilbronnGroup
2007SommeraccrochageGalerie Florian Trampler, Diessen am AmmerseeGroup
2007Network 37Cargo Bar, kunstmarktbasel 3, BaselGroup
2007Made in EuropeGallery Terashita; TokyoGroup
2007Tape ThisRC de Ruimte, IjmuidenGroup
2006Silver DiamondsN.O.T., ToowoombaSolo
2006ststs Rack 1-2006 Brussels (with Steffen Schlichter und Stef Stagel)CCNOA, BrusselsSolo
2006New WorksConny Dietzschold Gallery, SydneySolo
2006Spotlight + InterviewMinus Space, BrooklynSolo
2006Post No BillsHebel_121, BaselSolo
2006Multiple Display 2Musée des Beaux-Arts, Villa Steinbach, Mulhouse, Regionale 7Group
20065 Quadratekunstmarktbasel 2, Billerbeck, BaselGroup
2006Tape ThisArti et Amicitiae, AmsterdamGroup
2006transit - abstractProjektraum Henselmannturm, BerlinGroup
2006AC4CAg&A studios, SydneyGroup
2006Ping PongM 54, BaselGroup
2006TAKE OFFHebel_121, BaselGroup
20062StepKunsternes Hus, OsloGroup
2006Nouvelles CollectionsCentre PasquArt, BielGroup
2006Und, Amsterdam, 2006The Chiellerie Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2005Minimal Improvisationthe:artist:network, New YorkSolo
2005Network 33 + DiamondsKunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, Regionale 6Group
2005ChoicesCMS, iaab, BaselGroup
2005Group ShowSNO AC4CA, SydneyGroup
2005Entrance WallpaintingSNO 2 + 3, Sydney Factory 11 (SNO Project Group), SydneyGroup
2005Minimal Approach – Concrete TendenciesTin Sheds, SydneyGroup
2005Temperature - artists from the flat filethe:artist:network, New YorkGroup
2005Minimal PopGallerie les filles du calvaire, BrusselsGroup
2005Minimal PopGallerie les filles du calvaire, ParisGroup
2004Multiple DisplayStädtische Galerie im Kornhaus, Kirchheim-TeckSolo
2004DiamondsHebel_121, BaselSolo
2004New WorksDesignplanets, MaebashiSolo
2004New WorksConcept Space, ShibukawaSolo
2004Cool ModeMOP Projects, SydneySolo
2004Network 27Galerie Werkstatt, Reinach, Regionale 5Group
2004molti multipliCCNOA, BrusselsGroup
2004Multiples + Kultiples VGalerie Article, KölnGroup
2004Group ShowGalerie Turbine GiswilGroup
2004International Concrete Constructive ArtConny Dietzschold Gallery, SydneyGroup
2004Constructed Colour 4Artspace, SydneyGroup
2004Abstract RealitiesMOP Projects, SydneyGroup
200420 yearsGalerie Gisèle Linder, BaselGroup
2004konkretGallery Goddard de Fiddes, PerthGroup
2004Cooler 5Kunstkoordinate Turbine GiswilGroup
2003Network 23 (with Jan van der Ploeg, Philippe Van Snick)CCNOA, BrusselsSolo
2003Network 22 (with Gerda Maise)Institut für bildnerisches Denken, Grenzach-WyhlenDuo
2003cooler 2Hebel_121, BaselSolo
2003soft shapesPS, AmsterdamSolo
2003Spiel noch 1xHaus für Kunst Uri, AltdorfGroup
200324Eugene Binder Gallery, Marfa, TXGroup
2003PS Amsterdam 1999-2003Raid Projects, Los AngelesGroup
2003Group ShowBFA Gallery, LiempdeGroup
2002Links (with Takashi Suzuki)Museum Haus Kasuya, YokosukaDuo
2002Correspondence (with Takashi Suzuki)Gallery Gen, TokyoDuo
2002Network 10Gallery Chika, TokyoSolo
2002Beinahe wirklich (with Ben Hübsch)Kunstverein FreiburgDuo
2002T4 - B240 (with Ben Hübsch)Kunsthalle Basel, Regionale 3Duo
2002Big is beautifulMusée d'art et d'histoire NeuchâtelGroup
2002Bildhauer und BildhauerzeichnungenAusstellungsraum Harry Zellweger, BaselGroup
2001Daniel GöttinBFA Gallery, LiempdeSolo
2001Network 4CNR, MelbourneSolo
2001lounge (with Jurek Wybraniec)Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, PerthDuo
2001The Go BetweenHaus für konstruktive und konkrete Kunst, ZürichSolo
2001Network 7Kunsthalle Basel, Regionale 2Group
2001Vier WandbilderInstitut für bildnerisches Denken, Grenzach-WyhlenGroup
2001Kunst im Park 4 (with Takashi Suzuki)Hotel Saratz, PontresinaDuo
2000coolerDas Gästezimmer, WolhusenSolo
2000Onroerend GoedDe Nederlandse Bank, AmsterdamGroup
2000Grau ist nicht grauGalerie Gisèle Linder, BaselGroup
2000PaintingEsso Gallery, New YorkGroup
1999Daniel GöttinGalerie Gisèle Linder, BaselSolo
1999SandwichRaum für Gegenwartskunst - d8, LinzSolo
1999Daniel GöttinKunstraum GiswilSolo
1999Group ShowGalerie Gisèle Linder, BaselGroup
1999Sélection 99Kunsthaus Baselland, MuttenzGroup
1999SicherheitGalerie 12pm, MünchenGroup
1998OrtKunsthaus Baselland, MuttenzSolo
1998Règle et DévianceMusée d'art et d'histoire NeuchâtelGroup
1998Sélection 98Kunsthaus Baselland, MuttenzGroup
1998Kunst im ParkHotel Saratz, PontresinaGroup
1998Skulpturen und Neue MedienGalerie Werkstatt, ReinachGroup
1997Daniel GöttinGallery Gen, TokyoSolo
1997Daniel GöttinGalerie Köstring - Maier, MünchenSolo
1997Regel und Abweichung, Schweiz konstruktiv 1960-1997Haus für konstruktive und konkrete Kunst ZürichGroup
1997283 KünstlerInnen - 283 WerkeUntere Fabrik, SissachGroup
1996Daniel GöttinGalerie Werkstatt, ReinachSolo
1996JahresausstellungKunsthalle BaselGroup
1996WeihnachtsausstellungAusstellungsraum Klingental, BaselGroup
199612 - 6 (with John Nixon)Galerie Köstring - Maier, MünchenDuo
1996Group ShowHalle Eins, MünchenGroup
1995WAP (with Jurek Wybraniec)Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, PerthDuo
1995Daniel GöttinGalerie Köstring - Maier, MünchenSolo
1994Daniel GöttinShedhalle im Eisenwerk, FrauenfeldSolo
1993Daniel GöttinLocker Plant, MarfaSolo
1990Daniel GöttinOld Customs House, FremantleSolo