Ian Strange is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores architecture, space and the home, alongside broader themes of disenfranchisement within the urban environment. His practice includes large-scale multifaceted projects resulting in; photography, sculpture, installation, site-specific interventions, film works, documentary works and exhibitions. His studio practice includes painting, drawing and as well as on-going research and archiving projects.
Strange has held solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, [‘Suburban’, 2011-2013], The Canterbury Museum [‘Final Act’, 2013] 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. Most recently he created ‘SHADOW’ [2015-16] a large scale project incorporating suburban homes, documented in film and photography; and ‘ZŁOTY’, a site-specific intervention onto the exterior an 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 will release ‘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. This work will premier in exhibitions in LA, New York and Australia.
Strange has been featured in publications including; OSMOS Magazine, Art World, Dazed and Confused, The Atlantic, Imagine Architecture, ArtAlmanac, Artlink, Art Market, Artist Profile, Vault Magazine, Oyster Magazine and The Financial Review. In 2017 ABCTV released ‘Home : The Art of Ian Strange’ a 6-part documentary series looking at his career and work to date.
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.
He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
“…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