Press Releases : 2006/06

Michael Sailstorfer

Published 2006/06/26

Schlagzeug, 2003, iron from a police car, 140 x 200 x 130 cm

Norsk versjon

Michael Sailstorfer (b. 1979, Vilsbiburg, Germany)

June – September 2006

Michael Sailstorfer has entered global art discourses with his poetic transformations of everyday materials. Often using a romantic and pseudoscientific approach to his chosen material, he plays with the function of the original object through a process of deconstruction and reconfiguration. Context is also of primary importance to Sailstorfer, who often works outside of the museum/gallery system in public spaces and rural locations. He says, "Before I place a sculpture in a certain venue or before I start building a piece for a location, I deal quite intensely with the place and its surroundings." For Sailstorfer, site-specificity often means utilizing extraneous or defunct materials from a given place. For Manifesta 5 in San Sebastian (2004), for example, the artist appropriated discarded industrial ventilators from one of the exhibition sites to build a recombinant stage that referenced the pop cultural icon Marilyn Monroe. By redirecting the prescribed reception of materials, he exposes variables that develop into narrative structures soliciting sentimentality through a simple and direct means of address.

Michael Sailstorfer studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich and received his MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2004. His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Johann König Gallery in Berlin, Galerie Zink & Gegner in Munich, Jack Hanley Gallery in Los Angeles, and the MARTa Museum in Herford, among others. He has participated in many large-scale international exhibitions including Manifesta 5 in San Sebastian (2004), the 14th Sydney Biennial (2004), the Liverpool Biennial (2004), and the Yokohama Triennale (2005). He has also shown in many group exhibitions at venues such as the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Andrew Kreps Gallery and Artists Space in New York, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Museum Tinguely in Basel, the Barbican Centre in London, and the Ludwig-Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, among many others. Sailstorfer also recently published a new book entitled Fur Immer war Gestern (Forever was Yesterday) and edited by Nicolas Schafhausen.

The International Studio Programme OSLO:

International artists are invited by OCA to the International Studio Programme Oslo for a stay from two weeks up to six months, independently or in connection with exhibitions or other collaborations in Norway. The programme comprises four studios located in the city centre of Oslo.

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a private foundation and was founded by The Ministry of Culture and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Fall 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a profiled contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.