ISLAND is anchored by three new major photographic works documenting interventions directly undertaken onto suburban homes in the USA as well as research and new work created in Ohio, Detroit and New York between 2015 and 2017.
Through photography, sculpture, research, found artefacts and drawings, ISLAND reflects on the home through the metaphor of the desert island, a place of personal sovereignty but simultaneously entrapment. ISLAND interplays the monumental with the intimate and intangible. Exploring the icon of the home as a deeply vulnerable object and personal vessel for memory, identity and aspiration.
“The complexity of Ian Strange’s ISLAND lies in the balance it strikes between the socio-political realities that dictate who owns a home and who cannot, as well as the psychological experience of memory, longing and loss that we all carry with us through our lives from one home to the next.” – Sreshta Rit Premnath
ISLAND premiered in an exhibition at FAC (Fremantle Arts Centre) in Australia from July 22 – September 16, and an exhibition in New York City at 149 West 14th st. by arts organisation Standard Practice from November 18 – December 16, 2017.