THOMAS MAILAENDER

L’union fait la farce

source: itmoamun

ศิลปินนาม Thomas Mailaender โดยใช้ “ถุงเท้าฟุตบอล” มาแทนใบพัด เมื่อพัดลมปิด ก็ดูเป็นเฟอร์นิเจอร์ตกแต่งห้อง เมื่อพัดลมเปิด ก็หมุนและเกิดลวดลายอย่างสวยงาม มีชื่อว่า Ventilator เพื่อนๆสามารถดูคลิ้ปหนึ่งในงานแสดงศิลปะ L’union fait la farce.
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source: thomasmailaender

A recently deceased famous French critic once compared Thomas Mailender’s work to that of Bernd and Hilla Becher under the influence of Pastis, a local aniseed liquor popular in the south of France.

«Sorry, but you cannot bring your own artwork at the fair,» said a security guard when he discovered Thomas Mailaender’s improvised and unauthorized performance, a remote-controlled wheeled reproduction of the Centre Pompidou building, entitled Centre Pompidou is closed for holiday, 2010, moving along an aisle of the Armory Show in New York. The guard at the fair couldn’t know his offhand remark described exactly what Mailaender was doing; he constantly hijacks art milieu conventions and sidesteps expectations by pirate exhibiting persona-non-grata items and manners. He focuses on the source material and subjects and appropriates and diverts found images from the Internet, flea markets and the like. Mailaender is an insatiable and compulsive collector of photographs and sociological patterns. One of his major investigations is a typological survey, inventory and recycling of human behavior, particularly hobbies and incidental activities, using entertainment as a substance and a means to develop his practice. Through his mise en abyme of the frivolous he allows a multitude of amateur and/or vernacular objects, images and customs to attain the status of artworks, repeatedly questioning the notion of artistic legitimacy.

Caroline Niémant, Peeping Tom.
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source: thomasmailaender

« Mailaender’s forum and sphere of operations is less the art world than the rowdier public domain where events can easily run out of control. Society evolved a livid counter-culture, staffed by fallen angels of all sorts. When exactly that culture originated is unclear, but it flourishes and services a fevered public imagination entranced by its own wit and jokes. The majority of solid citizens follow football, for instance, for the artistry of the game, but a hard core of activists revel in its shouted and insulting poetry. If art is to put itself on a par with such a spontaneous and convulsive counter-culture it has to cultivate the kind of suddenness which is Mailaender’s forte. »

Ian Jeffrey.
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source: collabcubed

Thomas Mailaenderis Paris-based multimedia artist who started out doing documentation work. These comical food-related photos, sculptures, and installation are all included under the name L’Union Fait la Farce (The Union is a Farce) which is a play on words with the motto L’Union Fait la Force (Unity is Strength.) The zaniness in these really appeals to me, from the unique coffee-serving technique up top, down to the yakitori-grilling iron and the sock fan at the bottom.
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source: grabbag-itziarblogspot

Verán ustedes esta foto es obra de Thomas Mailaender, es parte de un proyecto titulado “L´Union fait la farce” que no tiene desperdicio, altamente recomendable para aquellos cuya sensibilidad les permita entender esto.
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source: citizenkid

Le photographe et plasticien Thomas Mailaender construit une sorte d’archive de la farce à partir de clichés récoltés sur Internet. Réseau mondial, sans centre névralgique, Internet constitue une mémoire numérique du monde, un canal d’informations, un espace de stockage sans limites, une machine à sauvegarder qui enregistre les données de manière
anarchique. Cette sédimentation des informations constitue une masse « informe » que l’artiste digère et met en forme.

Articulés ici à la question de l’alimentation, ces clichés sont sélectionnés, classés puis restitués afin de proposer un assemblage qui fait sens à travers une série d’oeuvres au titre évocateur et polysémique : « L’union fait la farce ». Les scènes ainsi récoltées sur Internet sont fidèlement reproduites sous forme d’actions performances restituées par la photographie ou par la sculpture : « Il est important de respecter à la lettre la recette exacte » précise l’artiste.