Thomas Mailaender is born in 1979. He lives and works between Paris and Marseille.
French multimedia artist , Thomas Mailaender creates work that is fun and funny. He orchestrates strangeness and documents it in what he describes as “insignificant, incidentally grotesque moments that possess an abrupt and unexpected monumentality.” Like Cathedral Cars, the beyond ridiculous, sculpturally over-laden vehicles, portraits with really big things (pictured, Items) and a performance piece in which he deposited an “ultrarealistic” and massive mussel shell on a beach then notified the local papers. Nice-Matin lead with: “A polyester monster: one mussel that will be hard to swallow.”
‘Mailaender’s forum and sphere of operation 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.