Josef Strau, A Turtle Dreaming, Exhibition view, Secession 2015, Photo: Oliver Ottenschläger

Josef Strau

A Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment)

April 24 – June 21, 2015

Josef Strau’s experimental artistic practice developed out of the written word. In his installations he relates texts and objects to each other in manifold ways. On the surface, the texts are characterized by the typographic interplay of printed word and blank space. At another level their distinctive feature is Strau’s idiosyncratic style of writing, which nimbly and playfully tracks his stream of consciousness. Oscillating between the meaningful and the meaningless, he interweaves everyday stories and urban scenes with personal revelations and literary motifs.


Josef Strau, born in Vienna in 1957, lives and works in New York City.