Born 1979, Germany
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). Sailstorfer also recently published a new book entitled Fur Immer war Gestern (Forever was Yesterday) and edited by Nicolas Schafhausen.
Michael Sailstorfer’s appropriates objects with clear and practical purposes – sheds, lampposts, bus stops, and cars – to rearticulate them into other forms that are ironically distorted and highly dysfunctional. Discraded industrial objects are transformed into art in a labour intensive process through which Sailstorfer makes installations that are witty and thought provoking and have a poetic narrative created in his own individual visual language.