Michael Sailstorfer, ‘Raketenbaum’, 2008-2011, Public Art Fund Benefit Auction 2015

Estimated value: $5,000

This photograph documents one in a series of interventions by Michael Sailstorfer, in which fruit trees were launched into the air with compressed-air cylinders, in his native Bavaria. The work was inspired by the performative sculpture of Gordon Matta-Clark and makes a deliberately absurd comment on the displacement of nature.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Johan Konig, Berlin

About Michael Sailstorfer

Michael Sailstorfer’s site-specific interventions emphasize transformation and challenge conventional rubrics of sculpture. He gives objects new meanings and functions by reconfiguring, though not deconstructing, them. Much of Sailstorfer’s work involves breaking down an object to reveal its physical components, as in the case of Zeit ist keine Autobahn (Time is not a motorway) (2005). The work features a spinning, motor-powered tire pressed against a wall; as the tire wears down, rubber particles collect on the floor and the scent of burning rubber fills the installation space. Sailstorfer cites the site-specific, performative work of Gordon Matta-Clark as a key influence, and says he is “interested in what sculpture can be and how a sculpture can spread out and use much more space than it physically has.”

German, b. 1979, Velden, Germany, based in Berlin, Germany

Solo Shows

Carbon 12, 
Silver Cloud
Michael Sailstorfer: Antiherbst
Carbon 12, 
Michael Sailstorfer-Try to Reach the Goal Without Touching the Walls
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