Ian Strange is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores architecture, space and the home. His practice includes creating large-scale multifaceted community projects and exhibitions resulting in; photography, sculpture, installation, site-specific works, film, documentary works and exhibitions. His studio practice includes painting and drawing, as well as ongoing research and archiving projects. He is best known for his ongoing series of suburban architectural interventions and photographic works.
Strange has held solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, [‘Suburban’, 2011-13], The Canterbury Museum [‘Final Act’, 2013] and participated in the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia with ‘LANDED’ a commissioned sculptural installation on the forecourt of the gallery.
Between 2015-16 he created ‘SHADOW’ a large scale project incorporating suburban homes, documented in film and photography; and ‘ZŁOTY’, a site-specific intervention onto the exterior a historical building commissioned by the Intytucja Kultury, Katowice, Poland .
In June 2016 he held a solo exhibition of his ‘SUBURBAN’ body of work in New York with NYC based arts organisation Standard Practice.
In 2017 Strange released ‘ISLAND’ [2015-17] a series of new works, exhibitions and an editioned publication based around interventions undertaken through Ohio’s rust-belt region and in New York. The work premiered in a solo exhibition at FAC (Fremantle Art Centre) before exhibiting in New York with Standard Practice in November 2017 and RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.
Strange has a number of ongoing collaborative projects including ongoing projects with; designer and artist Virgil Abloh including large-scale sculptural commissions for Off White in Melbourne and Sydney in 2017-19, A collaboration with architect and artist Catie Newell on ‘345 Franklin’ created with Site-Lab for Art Prize, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Since 2016 Strange has been completing a major collaborative work with Australian based contemporary dance company ‘Chunky Move’ and choreographer Anouk Van Dijk slated for release in 2019.
In 2017 ABCTV released ‘Home: The Art of Ian Strange’ a 6-part documentary series looking at his career and work to date.
Strange has been featured in publications including; OSMOS Magazine, Art World, Dazed and Confused, The Atlantic, Art Monthly, Nowness, Hypebest Magazine, Imagine Architecture, Street to Studio, ArtAlmanac, Artlink, Art Market, Artist Profile, Vault Magazine, Oyster Magazine and The Financial Review.
His work sits in private and public collections including; the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Canterbury Museum.
“…Strange has used a number of techniques and processes as part of his exploration, from spray-painting images directly onto facades to repainting entire houses in monochromatic colour schemes, transforming them from places for living into enormous and highly charged sculptural objects. Strange’s photographs and videos challenge the idea of the family home as a place of warmth and safety by simultaneously elevating and destroying it, both literally and figuratively. In doing so, Strange reveals his own antithetical relationship with the suburbs and invites us to explore our own response to them.”
– David Hurlston – Senior Curator, Australian Art – NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA