Josef Strau, The New World 2: Travels in Turtle Island, Renaissance Society, 2014
This publication is the second of two books published alongside Strau's 2014 Renaissance Society exhibition, The New World, Application for Turtle Island. It features an essay by Jay Sanders alongside introductions to different aspects of Strau’s practice by artists with whom he has recently collaborated: Bernadette Van-Huy, Stefan Tcherepnin, Antek Walczak, Fernando Mesta, and José Rojas. Also included are full color images of the installation and an exhibition checklist, as well as an introduction by Solveig Øvstebø, and a text by Strau.
Josef Strau, The New World 1: The Application, Renaissance Society, 2014
The first of two books published alongside Strau's Renaissance Society exhibition, The New World, Application for Turtle Island, this imagines itself as a more personal petition for immigrant status in lieu of formal legal paperwork. Text has often played a role in Strau's previous sculptural and installation-based work; however, here his writings for the first time take the form of an independent book (described by him as "a kind of treasure island adventure novel") that serves a structuring function, determining the production and selection of objects on view in the exhibition.