Thomas Mailaender: Gone Fishing

Installation exhibition, Roman Road, London, UK.

From 3rd March to 15th April 2016, Thomas Mailaender is exhibiting for the first time at Roman Road, in the East End of London.

DAMN° Magazine March 2016
Thomas Mailaender's (º1979) Gone Fishing tells the modern-day tale of a young man more enthused by having fun with his friends than the joys of parenthood. Through a compilation of photographs and fictitious letters to his young partner, the series (made in 2010) features a collection of nineteen photographs and fictional letters. These photomontages, made from amateur images gathered from the Internet, show the dad hiking, swimming with dolphins and celebrating his ‘catch of the day’ to expose a few of the banal exploits. In each of the portraits, Thomas Mailaender has Photoshopped his own face onto the subject in the picture, adding to the humour and consistency of the project. Known for his use of a wide range of media including ceramic, photography, collage and installation, Thomas Mailaender employs diverse materials and often incorporates found objects in his works.

In his current exhibition in London, the multimedia artist paints the candid portrait of a man who has fed from his home and prolongs a trip away with his friends to escape his new responsibilities. The ceiling of the gallery room are exceptionally lowered, mimicking the usual height and size of a single household garage: a clue as to what the artist has envisioned. The space is also covered in brick effect wallpaper, creating the environment of a man cave in which the fictional character’s story is told.


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