8 March 2022–5 May 2022

Heavy Eyes

by Michael Sailstorfer

Carbon 12

Starts 8 March 2022

Ends 5 May 2022

Venue Carbon 12

Warehouse 37


Michael Sailstorfer’s Heavy Eyes was developed from an earlier series titled Heavy Tears; works made with lipstick on lead. This poetically conveyed contrast of materials is what ultimately suspends these paintings in a space that teeters between here and beyond, an interspace - from the ephemeral, dust-like nature of the eyeshadow pigments, graphically cutting across a darker, lead surface. Their glistening, multi-colored appearance underneath the light places these works in neither a state of permanence or impermanence.

Composed of eyeshadow pigments collected from varying cosmetic companies and applied onto lead panels, his 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 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 sculptures simultaneously build upon several other themes Sailstorfer explores, which inextricably delves into branches of beauty and fashion. Their angular forms and sharp corners are reminiscent of contemporary trends within these industries, and alongside these lead works; these tired, although decorated “eyes”, are mostly disguised beneath these stylized sunglasses.

The exhibition navigates these distinct nuances in medium to spark a dialogue centered on their juxtaposition, which encompasses Michael Sailstorfer’s overarching body of work. In illuminating underlying concepts of form and time, he emphasizes them as factors by which to identify, inform, and perpetually renew our manner of discernment.