10 JUNE – 15 JULY 2006
The focus of the exhibition at Johann König is the work Unendliche Säule’[Endless Column] (2006), consisting of a high-power search light. At night, when the gallery space is not accessible, a column of light streams through the ceiling of the gallery, seemingly endlessly stretching towards the heavens. This nocturnal manifestation of the sculpture, which in a way rests on the light apparatus as a kind of plinth, gives a good sense of the focus of Sailstorfer’s work. Transformation and dematerialization are recurrent emphases of his way of working. Everyday objects are completely transformed into suggestive sculptures (a building becomes a sofa, a police car a drum, or a street lamp becomes a falling star).
If earlier works like Waldputz or 3ster mit Ausblick were reminiscent of the performative method of Gordon Matta Clark, Bruce Naumann’s exploration of space and the body or Fischli-Weiss’ ironic seeming arrangements and titles are now important points of reference. In choosing titles for his works, Sailstorfer often emphasizes their significance for the perception and interpretation of sculptures. It is thus striking that the linguistic element in this exhibition is complemented by further immaterial elements: odor, sound, and the nocturnal column of light.