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Movie about Ursula Mamlok as a contemporary witness with compositions on pictures "Form & Matter" by John Pollak
at Jüdisches Gemeindehaus Berlin on behave the anniverery of the pogrom night 1938.

November 8, 2011 at 6pm

You will find the pictures in the project section and the music of Ursula Mamlok here.

Connections

Solo exhibition "Connections" at Galerie Förster, Berlin

Opening: September 2nd, 2011 at 7pm, duration: September 2nd - October 22nd, 2011

You will find the pictures in the project section.

The photographer John Pollak presents portraits of people who have something to do with each other. Formal rigor and reduction makes it difficult to read something in it on the quick. Nevertheless you may interrelate automatically. When the viewer learns about connection and meaning his perception is changing and new levels open up.

As interaction with the pictures. scenes of a theater performance will be shown at the opening ("Hasek" produced by Theater89 - Modern Drama).

A catalog made on the occasion of the exhibition can be ordered at www.lulu.com.

Stranded Goods

Solo exhibition "Stranded Goods" at Galerie Förster, Berlin

Opening: November 5th, 2010 at 7pm, duration: November 5th - December 18th, 2010

You will find the pictures in the project section.

The large prints of John Pollaks black-and-white photography are showing finds from the Pacific Ocean. There are fine details of the severe and uniform still lifes which reveal their differences. Time and force of nature have changed the appearance of the portrayed objects. Implying mysteries, they allow a hunch of eternity.

Inspired by the photographs, Gabriele Förster wrote lyrics that can be read here.

A catalog made on the occasion of the exhibition can be ordered at www.lulu.com.

Form & Matter

Solo exhibition "Form & Matter" at Galerie Förster, Berlin

Opening: May 8th, 2009 at 7pm, duration: May 8th - June 20th, 2009

You will find the pictures in the project section.

John Pollak's new work deals with abstract forms and structure. He is interested in the interaction of the two dimensional abstraction of the photography and the meaning of the presented picture, which is not immediately revealed to the viewer. With the awareness of the sense a new way of perception opens up.

The Holocaust Memorial, conceived by Peter Eisenman and presented to the Berlin public in May 2005, is the subject of this new series of photography. Each picture detail, which partly just consists of geometrical fields of different gray scales, makes possible to feel something severe and monumental and to intuit silentness and finality. A hint to the subject helps the viewer to get a lot of different, further sensations.

The Jewish composer Ursula Mamlok presented piano improvisations at the opening of the exhibition. With those compositions she reacted to the exhibited photography. The music, plaeyed by the composer herself, you can find here.

A catalog made on the occasion of the exhibition can be ordered at www.lulu.com.

New York Portraits

Solo exhibition "New York Portraits" at Galerie Förster, Berlin

Opening: January 5th, 2008 at 7pm, duration: January 5th - February 16th, 2008

You will find the pictures in the project section.

The pictures, taken during the years of 2002 to 2005, are John Pollak's homage to New York. He took photographs of people in the streets of this city, who are not aware that someone got a shot of them. This created an intense and genuine impression.

The faces are provoking questions, the viewer wants to know more about those people and their thoughts, discover what they might have been watching. It will remain a secret, a fleeting moment of a stranger's life. The mysterious anonymity and the arising thoughts may guide the attention to the viewer himself and arouse something in his subconscious.

New York poems which were presented on the occasion of the interaction III at the opening of the exhibition can be found at www.Galerie-Foerster.de.

A catalog made on the occasion of the exhibition can be ordered at www.lulu.com.

Gate Portraits

Online project "Gate Portraits"

"Gate Portraits" was produced 2005 during "The Gate" project of Christo & Jeanne-Claude in the Central Park, New York. The pictures are shown among other works within "The Naked Eye" collection.

A catalog of the pictures can be ordered at www.lulu.com.

NYC impressions

Third solo exhibition "Honor"

Presented during the show "Honor part 2" by The Drilling CompaNY at 78th Theater Lab, New York, October 2004.

You can see the picture at Gallery Forster.

American Flag in New York City

Second solo exhibition "American Flag in New York City"

Presented during the show "Honor" by The Drilling CompaNY at 78th Theater Lab, New York, June 2004.

You can see the picture at Gallery Forster.

horizontal and vertical impressions

First solo exhibition "horizontal and vertical impressions"

Presented by Gallery Forster at Chocolate Factory in Long Island City, New York, NY, from 12/2003 - 1/2004.

This exhibition was presented during the theater show "Three sisters" by by Anton Chekhov, directed by Gabriele Förster, produces by Neue Theater Productions.

NYC impressions

First online solo exhibition "NYC impressions, people & miscellaneous"
presented by www.Gallery-Forster.com.

This online exhibition from April - July 2003 showes the first work of John Pollak in New York,