Michael Sailstorfer primarily works in sculpture and installation, as well as painting, performance, photography and film. His conceptual-adjacent aesthetics revolves around a notion of sculptural expansion, which refers to the ability of his art to transcend its own format by deploying into the surrounding space. Ranging in scale from nearly imperceptible interventions to highly elaborate productions, his minimalistic and often absurd visions poetically disrupt the everyday. Whether car tires, wrecking balls, popcorn machines or simple trees, familiar objects are systematically diverted from their original functions and frames of references into alternative contexts of meaning. While he is deeply interested in the possibilities offered by formal instability, the recurrent use of kinetic devices paired with his ever-subtle preparation and transformation of materials actually allows him to introduce temporality and life into his oeuvre. Michael Sailstorfer further pushes his practice beyond physicality by playfully experimenting with intangible qualities such as smell, sound, energy and light.
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