Daniel von Sturmer
13th April – 3rd May 2008
Anna Schwartz Gallery
Daniel von Sturmer started out as a painter and he has never grown tired of testing the space between surface and illusion, between the material fact of an artwork’s surface and the illusory space that can unfold inside it. …Even at its most austere, the field of perception is always fuller, stickier, thicker than we expect. It’s as if, for von Sturmer, expectation is a quality as tangible as any of the other real objects he manipulates.…
…Everything is out in the light and open-handed. Nothing much happens, and it turns out to be more than enough. We are so hard-wired to expect events to play out in a certain way in film that we’re always mentally plunging ahead to the outcome, and always disappointed when the expected thing eventually arrives. Von Sturmer’s videos calmly arrest that headlong habit of mind, so that other kinds of movement can declare themselves. Perhaps we can divide artists between those who want to show us what they alone have seen — their visions and discoveries, their journeys to the hidden heart of things — and those like von Sturmer who want to show us how we see.
Justin Paton, ‘Away From Their Names’ in Venice Biennale 2007: Susan Norrie, Daniel von Sturmer, Callum Morton, exhibition catalogue, Australia Council for the Arts in Association with the Miegunyah Press, 2007