Michael Sailstorfer | Breakwaters
Loushy | Art & Projects, Tel Aviv | 14.11.–12.12.2014

Michael Sailstorfer
November 2014

Written by Meir Loushy

Berlin ­based artist Michael Sailstorfer presents a project conceived in collaboration with Loushy Art &Projects in a solo exhibition, "Breakwater." Moderately introducing notions that flooded him following a research visit to Israel, he translates them into images, from which he constructs powerful yet nonviolent sentences. These formulate a humanistic world view which returns the responsibility for reality to the individual.As opposed to architecture and structural solutions which block and exclude local movement, Sailstorfer presents breakwaters which restrain and regulate rather than confront the natural flow. His breakwaters are soft, yet stable; their scale is human, referring to a potential solution. The tire marks imprinted on the textile every which way symbolize continuous movement shifted in new directions rather than stopped. Sailstorfer uses the water's constant flow as a metaphor for war zones which cannot be decided by power, but the threat and danger concealed in them may be deflected and dispersed.Relying on the concept of African war masks which are intended to conceal and alienate their wearer, he presents masks in which he imprisons human expressions: a smile, a wink, a penetrating gaze. The corrugated cardboard textures render the masks delicate and vulnerable, despite the fact that they are made of metal. As with the breakwaters' human scale, the human evolution of the masks and their installation in the space likewise carry a potential for a ritual of hope. The sculptures M.6 and M.7 blend two worlds—the world of masks and the world of small machines—to generate Max Ernst ­like figures.
Sailstorfer is an outside observer who stages a chamber occurrence rife with contradiction yet harmonious, suggesting a real possibility of using conflicts to obtain accord.

Sailstorfer's project is part of Loushy Art & Projects's ongoing activity, spanning collaboration anddialogue with an artist that lead to the creation of a cluster of works underlain by a common structure orconcept unique in the artist's oeuvre (e.g. Michael Druks, Olaf Holzapfel, Nahum Tevet, YehuditSasportas, Max Frisinger, and others).