Engagement with the ways in which natural forces are perceived through form and physical space is a frequent hallmark of Sailstorfer’s work. He transforms objects and spaces through light, sound, or smell to reveal their physical boundaries by challenging them and thereby frames his works with a distinctly poetic approach to materials. Frequently these works display an unmistakable whimsy that play on his sense of visual wit.
Michael Sailstorfer’s sculptural practice draws upon the kinetic, minimalist and pop traditions of 1960s and 1970s. In his work he re-actualizes these references through everyday or industrial materials, which he de-contextualizes and re-configures to trigger radical shifts in meaning.