Survey by Qualaroo

Josef Strau

Josef Strau (born 1957) is an artist who writes and a writer who makes art. He describes his work as an ongoing story and as such much of his work is text-based and printed on pamphlets.

The printed and handwritten texts that cover his characteristic white paintings and posters take the tone of intimate personal revelation, but, of course, we are not reading someone’s diary–the self that is revealed is a fiction framed by the art object into which it is incorporated. Playfully manipulating traditional aspects of literature, he attaches his texts to cheap standing lampshades, customizing them with a coat of whitewash, to create actively ‘illuminated’ manuscripts and other amusing puns on the novel.