Daniel von Sturmer

Electric Light
, 2016
Installation view
Photograph: Zan Wimberley Click to enlarge

Biography

Born in Auckland, New Zealand 1972
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

 

Daniel von Sturmer is regarded as an innovator in the genre of video art and as one of Australia’s most important young artists. His work uses video installations and architectural interventions to explore how perceptions of space and time are affected by expectation. These works have a basis in traditional media such as paint and sculpture, often referencing art historical tropes; Abstraction, Still Life, Modernism and Minimalism. His approach is experimental, testing visual perceptions and seeking to imbue the quotidian with a sense of the extraordinary as well as provoking audiences to reconsider the visual language and test propositions about reality. By playing with scale, distance and gravity through daily encountered materials such as paper clips, Blu-Tack or paint, the artist questions the nature of objects and the empirically ascribed.

Exhibitions include: ‘Electric Light (facts/figures)’, Bus Projects, Melbourne (2017); ‘Under the Sun’, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney and Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (2017); ‘Red Green Blue: A History of Australian Video Art’, Griffith University Art Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane (2017); ‘Collective Visions: 130 Years’, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria (2017); ‘Shut Up and Paint’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2016); ‘Seven artists from the John Kaldor Family Collection’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2015-16); ‘The Kaleidoscopic Turn’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2015); ’21st Century Heide: The Collection Since 2000′, Heide Mueseum of Modern Art, Victoria (2015); ‘Camera Ready Actions’, Young Projects Gallery, Los Angeles (2014); ‘Daniel von Sturmer’, Co­lumbus Museum of Art, Ohio (2013); ‘Melbourne Now’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); ‘Time & Vision: New work from Australian artists’, The Bargehouse, London (2012); ‘Nego­tiating this world: Contemporary Australian Art’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012); ‘Video Works 2008-2009’, Karsten Schubert Gallery, London (2010); ‘Set Piece’, Site Gallery, Shef­field, United Kingdom (2009); ‘The Object of Things’, Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2007).

Daniel von Sturmer’s work is held in a number of significant collections, notably the Gothenburg Museum of Art (Sweden); Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney); Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide); Auckland Art Gallery (New Zealand); Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Melbourne); Bendigo Art Gallery (Victoria); Chartwell Collection (New Zealand); Dunedin Public Art Gallery (New Zealand); The Michael Buxton Contemporary Australian Art Collection (Melbourne); Monash University Museum of Art (Melbourne); Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Sydney); National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne); Newcastle Art Gallery (New South Wales); Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane). His work is also in many private collections across Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Japan.

 

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Bibliography

Artist website 


Exhibitions

Daniel von Sturmer

Electric Light

Daniel von Sturmer

These Constructs

Daniel von Sturmer

After Images
, Centre for Contemporary Photography

Daniel von Sturmer

small world

Daniel von Sturmer

The Cinema Complex
, Carriageworks

Daniel von Sturmer

Into a Vacuum of Future Events


Recent Works

Daniel von Sturmer

Electric Light (facts/figures)
, 2017
Customised moving head profile light

8 minutes 34 seconds (looped)

Daniel von Sturmer

Electric Light (backdrop 1)
, 2016
3 programmable LED lights, 3 stands, custom rubber power cables, arctic white background paper
Height variable, 2700 mm wide

Daniel von Sturmer

Electric Light (circle/boom)
, 2016
Fresnel light, boom light with programable LED bulb, 2 stands, articulated arm with suction cup, custom rubber power cables, MDF disc painted white and black
1800 mm diameter

Daniel von Sturmer

Electric Light (Fresnel/frame)
, 2016
Par can light with custom Fresnel lens, 2 stands, custom rubber power cables, MDF frame painted white and black
388 x 550 mm

Daniel von Sturmer

Electric Light (small circle/boom)
, 2016
Boom light with programmable LED bulb, stand, articulated arm with suction cup, custom rubber power cable, MDF disc painted white and black
580 mm diameter

Publications

Daniel von Sturmer

Into A Vacuum of Future Events
, 2005
Dunedin Public Art Gallery