To accompany his exhibition 'The Fun Archaeology' Thomas Mailaender has made a group of 9 small lava pieces included in a concurrent online show of the same title.
Just like his other - larger - lava pieces, the source of images used in these works is the artist's Fun Archive: a collection of absurd, amateur photographs he started amassing from the internet in 2000. The images are then applied onto French lava stone from Volvic using an extremely durable process created for photographs to be printed on gravestone.
Once applied to their intended surface or material, and removed from context, the resulting objects are transformed into monuments to contemporary culture. Using humour as provocation, Mailaender's work raises questions not only about the role of the artist, but also about the absurdity of the everyday and the pretensions of the art world.
We also have signed copies of his two books available