Daniel Seiple

Artist Profile – Daniel Seiple

Daniel Seiple lives with his wife and 3-year-old child in Wedding neighborhood. His passion lies in uncovering overlooked or little-known aspects of history and writing a narrative nonfiction work around these. Louisa on the Front Lines earned a spot as a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults selection.

Seiple details how he and director Daniel Scheinert developed unique looks for each of the film’s universes using lessons learned while shooting music videos.

Early Life and Education

Daniel Seiple uses art as a vehicle to transform his environment, using various strategies and mediums to explore contemporary society’s various borders by mimicking, crossing, shifting or dismantling them – be they physical/geographic markers or social/psychological territories.

Seiple, who is best known for his collaborative and participatory projects, co-founded the artist collective eteam and residency Homie as well as residential exhibition space Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. His works have been displayed at Documenta 15, 5th Berlin Biennial and Bronx Museum of Art; Adamski Gallery represents him. Additionally he founded KUNSTrePUBLIK group as founding member and received grants from Berlin Senate, German Federal Cultural Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts grants.

Professional Career

Daniel Seiple explores borders in his work, from physical/geographical markers to psychological territories and beyond. Through drawings, sculptures and builds Daniel investigates these boundaries using various strategies and media.

Over the past 19 years, he has participated in 21 group shows, with his debut exhibition being the $99 Bargain Store Show at Cynthia Broan Gallery in New York City in 2003. Additionally, his works have been displayed at Autocenter, M29 Galerie, Outpost and others across Germany.

He established and co-directed Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, a project on the former Berlin Wall death strip. Additionally, he founded Homie residential exhibition space – through which his artwork has been displayed – as well as working alongside refugees Hanna Jarada, Nawras Alwali, Hiba Alyounes and Corey Pereira.

Achievement and Honors

At New York-based artist collective eteam and non-profit KUNSTrePUBLIK, he uses various media to explore urbanity, cultural politics, and site-specific poetics. Since 2000 he has participated in both solo and group exhibitions.

Author of Louisa on the Front Lines and several narrative nonfiction titles for adults including Ghosts in the Fog (YALSA Nonfiction Award nominee); Lincoln’s Spymaster (Junior Library Guild Selection); Byrd & Igloo (Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Gold Selection).

He discusses with The Process how he and Daniels made their ambitious productions a reality, beginning with early conversations and visual breakdowns of the film to on-set moments when he disagreed with Daniels’ visual ideas (such as when she suggested shooting scenes with cat nunchuks!), devising LUTs with colorist Alex Bickel and much more.

Personal Life

Daniel Seiple is an artist residing and working in Berlin, Germany. His art addresses contemporary society’s various “borders” by miming, crossing over, shifting or dismantling them – these include physical/geographical markers as well as psychological territories.

Co-Founder of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum on the former death strip within Berlin Wall; previously founding member of NYC artist collective eteam; creator of Homie residential exhibition space; grants received from The Bessies Awards, New York State Council on the Arts and the Hauptstadtkulturfonds in Germany;

Hassan Aji, Nawras Alwali Hanna Jarada and Nafee Kurdy from refugee communities have participated in his current project Making Waves – a boat building workshop. This effort seeks to present a more complex cultural portrait than those typically presented through media coverage, politics or aid organizations.

Net Worth

At 84 years of age, Seiple had amassed six times the wealth of most Americans according to county land records. He owned both a John Deere dealership and fertilizer plant in Palmer Township as well as an expansive farming empire that made him Northampton County’s biggest landowner.

He explores various border themes by mimicking, crossing, shifting or destroying physical and social markers of territory. Whether a sculpture, film or series of paintings is produced for a specific location and occasion involving members of the public.

He is a founding member of eteam art collective and co-founder of KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V. He works globally in contemporary art and social practice and has shown work at numerous leading galleries and museums such as NURTUREart.

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