Daniel Birnbaum, Sven-Olov Wallenstein
This book discusses Michael Sailstorfer’s most recent work, with a special focus on issues of space and site specificity. Pieces such as Study for Breathing House (a detonation which causes a house to shrink and expand, almost imperceptibly), Endless column (a light beaming into the sky through an open ceiling) or Andy Warhol (perfume dispenser) involve light, smell, energy, and noise as suitable material for the artist’s sculptural interventions.
Characterized by a wild sense of absurdism, subversive poetry and melancholic humor, Sailstorfer’s oeuvre can be read against the backdrop of the conceptualization of space. Along the lines of philosopher Franz Xaver Baier’s texts, his work involves the experience of invisible, moving, and existential space, where time and distance become relevant categories for a continuing expansion of spatial knowledge.
This comprehensive book contains an essay by art critic Jennifer Allen, a text of fiction by the author Ingo Niermann, a text by Schorsch Kamerun, singer, author, and director, extracts from Franz Xaver Baier’s book Der Raum and an interview by curator Neville Wakefield. Michael Sailstorfer has forthcoming solo exhibitions at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, and at P.S.1, New York.