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Michael Sailstorfer “Solarkatze” at Zero…, Milan

By investigating the world with curiosity and an inquisitive gaze, Michael Sailstorfer transforms ordinary objects taken from everyday life into sculptural works, whose formal qualities nevertheless leave room for fiction. Irony and melancholy, playfulness and aggressiveness mingle in the different works, often resulting in real characters drawn from the personal experience of the artist.

The relationship between sculpture, space and the public is one of the recurring themes in Sailstorfer?s research. The position of the objects and their ability to trascend their own physical size by expanding in the surrounding space create what the artist defines as ?expanded sculpture?. In a constant balance between attraction and repulsion, the viewer is encouraged to relate personally with the situations he creates. Moving into the first room the viewer finds the installation Cumulus, whose contemplation is disturbed by a monotonous humming noise coming from a speaker positioned on the floor. Only by entering the second room the viewer finds out that the source of this drone is a microphone recording the movement of a fan belonging to the existing space. In this site-specific installation, the sound thus materializes itself, transformed into a workable, plastic material.

The projection Lohma depicts a corrugated-iron building, expanding and contracting as to evoke a slow and steady breath. This movement is reinforced by a strong noise, which seems to animate the house. The short loop records in fact the seconds right before the destruction of the building due to the explosives placed inside by the artist. The aggressivenes of such gesture, however, remains only latent, as this imminent destruction is merely hinted but never reaches its actual fulfillment.

If the three works investigate the possibilities given by the instability of form, the feeling that one gets in front of Solarkatze, the sculpture that gives the exhibition its title, is different. Here the artist encourages the viewer to focus his attention on the cat, which not without irony contemplates the light coming from the ceiling. A way to set the stillness of this odd character against the noise and the sense of movement caused by the other works.

at Zero…, Milan

through April 14, 2012

Michael Sailstorfer, Solarkatze, 2008-2012

Michael Sailstorfer, Cumulus, 2012

Michael Sailstorfer, Lohma, 2008

Michael Sailstorfer, Hoher besuch, Ushuaia, 2009

Michael Sailstorfer, Hoher besuch, Ushuaia, 2009

All images – Courtesy: the artist and ZERO…, Milan. Photo: Filippo Armellin

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