Dennis Zhou

  • picks July 02, 2019

    Josef Strau

    Revelation can be arduous. In the book of Genesis, Jacob wrestles an angel until the break of day, tearing his sciatic tendon in the process. For two years, Josef Strau has trampled, beat, soldered, and sutured tin sheets until they yield seraphic icons, as if they were images taken from a Byzantine fresco. Installed in the monastic rooms of the Löwenbräukunst, the two series in “How to Be an Angel Painter,” “Angel’s Alphabet” and “Angel’s Scores,” both 2019, function as an exegesis and an exorcism for this obsession.

    The show was inspired by the Art Nouveau printmaker Ephraim Moses Lilien, who