Michael Sailstorfer, HB-DAA, 2007, Sportflugzeug, © Foto: Maya Claussen, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Michael Sailstorfer, Drumkit, 2014, Edelstahl, 178 x 155 x 115 cm, © Foto: Maya Claussen, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
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In his sculptural works, Michael Sailstorfer draws on everyday objects that he has pried away from their usual environment and fills them with new meaning. He pumps up truck-size inner tubes and hangs them from the ceiling, where they hover like dark clouds. A street lamp, prepared with a roof and walls turns into an illuminated mosquito house. The artist extracts familiar and at times also discarded objects from their regular context and their former lives: trees explode or hang upside down, chandeliers grow out of beer bottles and a decommissioned airplane is recycled into a treehouse. Occasionally his installations are created with the help of the viewer – or with the camera: Sailstorfer documents some of his sculptural experiments on film. He uses the footage in his work or he lets photos of performances later speak for themselves.

Michael Sailstorfer was born in Velden in 1979. He lives and works in Berlin.

Michael Sailstorfer, Trockenfisch, 2009, Styrofoam, Fiberglas, Stahl, © Foto: Maya Claussen, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015