underwater alphabet and rocket tree by artist michael sailstorfer
jan 31, 2009
underwater alphabet and rocket tree by artist michael sailstorfer


‘I’m really interested in what sculpture can be and how a sculpture can
spread out and use much more space than it physically has.’
german artist michael sailstorfer, with a kind of audacious architectural alchemy,
builds dysfunctional sculptures and transforms their previous utilitarianism
into follies of uselessness, charm and wit.


images © the artist, 2007
courtesy christine andersen

land art for fish – not for art theoreticians.
sailstorfer sinks styrofoam letters of an entire alphabet into the sea on a concrete
block and marks the geographical locations. ‘U6, 14 Grad 34, 790 N / 60 Grad 50,969 W’.

 


‘rocket tree’, 2008
image © the artist
courtesy galerie perrotin, paris


artwork from the current exhibition ‘no light’
at galerie perrotin in paris (on show until 07/03/2009)

michael sailstorfer was born in 1979 in velden/vils .
he studied at freie kunst akademie der bildenden künste  in munich
and at the goldsmiths college, university of london. lives and works in berlin.

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