Composed of eyeshadow pigments collected from varying cosmetic companies and applied onto lead panels, Michael Sailstorfer’s recent series of paintings deconstruct implicit historical, social and political references to applications of lead as an industrial component. It is this interplay which defines the balance between the solemnness and playfulness within Sailstorfer’s work – as observed from the aluminium and plexi-glass sculptures modelled after modernistic sunglasses. Surrounding the space with their mass and immediate presence, each is an investigation that treads on the periphery of the field of architecture.
The exhibition navigates these distinct nuances in medium to spark a dialogue centred on their juxtaposition, which encompasses Michael Sailstorfer’s overarching body of work. In illuminating underlying concepts of form and time, he emphasises them as factors by which to identify, inform, and perpetually renew our manner of discernment.
Michael Sailstorfer’s artistic practice is intimately involved with the innate, transformative properties of material. His interdisciplinary experimentations emphasise chemical interactions which discern their metaphorical interpretations, and are directed towards an outcome that is in many ways orchestrated and unforeseeable.