Ian Strange is a transdisciplinary artist whose work explores architecture, space, and the home. His practice includes multifaceted collaborative community-based projects, architectural interventions, and exhibitions resulting in photography, sculpture, installation, site-specific works, film, and documentary works. His studio practice includes painting and drawing, as well as ongoing research and archival projects. Additionally, he has created collaborative projects with other practitioners and institutions in the fields of dance, music, performance, and film.
Strange is best known for his ongoing series of architectural interventions, film, and photographic works that subvert the archetypal domestic home. These works and exhibitions have been created in the United States (‘SUBURBAN’ 2011–13); post-earthquake Christchurch, New Zealand (‘FINAL ACT’, 2013); Western Australia and Victoria, Australia (‘SHADOW’, 2015) (‘TARGET’, 2017) (‘DALISON’, 2022); Katowice, Poland (‘ZŁOTY’, 2016); and in the United States throughout Ohio’s rust-belt region, (‘ISLAND’, 2015–18). Strange’s practice has resulted in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Canterbury Museum, FORM Gallery, RMIT University, John Curtin Gallery, Standard Practice NYC, Cockatoo Island’s Turbine Hall, the Fremantle Arts Centre, Moore Contemporary, and as a part of the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art (‘LANDED’, 2014).
In 2019 Strange began working on a series of large-scale light-based works, as he was invited by the Lyon Foundation to create ‘LIGHT INTERSECTIONS’ for ‘Enter’, the inaugural exhibition at the Lyon Housemuseum’s new galleries. In June 2021, Strange was also commissioned by the Sydney City Council to create ‘LIGHT INTERSECTIONS II’, a major light-based architectural intervention within the city.
In 2020, John Curtin Gallery exhibited ‘SUBURBAN INTERVENTIONS 2008 – 2020’, a comprehensive mid-career survey that included all Strange’s aforementioned film and photographic works, archival material from past projects, as well as a deep dive into the artist’s creative process.
In 2022 Damiani Editore released ‘Disturbed Home’, the first comprehensive monograph of Strange’s work, including scholarly essays by FotoFocus artistic director and curator Kevin Moore and Britt Salvesen, curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and the Prints and Drawings Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Between 2020 and 2021 Strange served as the Guest Artistic Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Western Australia’s state art museum.
In 2022 Strange released ‘DALISON’ (2022), a collaborative body of work with musician Trevor Powers, and in October 2022 will premiere a major new commission and survey exhibition for the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial, Cincinnati.
Strange maintains several ongoing collaborative works and projects. These include: ‘TRACES’, (2016–2022) a collaboration with contemporary dance company Chunky Move and their Creative Director, choreographer Anouk Van Dijk; a series of collaborative works and installations with designer and artist Virgil Abloh, including major sculpture commissions for Off-White Melbourne, Sydney, and New York; as well as ‘345 Franklin’ (2016), a collaborative work with Detroit-based architect and artist Catie Newell and SiTE:LAB for ArtPrize 2016, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In addition to these projects and collaborations, Strange maintains an active studio-based research and development practice. This includes a 2017–2019 archival and research project commissioned by the State Library of Queensland and the Asia Pacific Design Library, working with the State Library’s Corley photographic archive. In 2017 he also developed a pilot vertical studio program with RMIT University to explore new avenues of artist/university collaboration and forms of transdisciplinary studio practice.
Strange’s drawings, paintings, publications, and sculptures have been exhibited extensively in spaces such as Whitewall Galleries, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, ThinkSpace, MCA, The Lyon Housemusem, The Queensland State Library, Allouche Gallery, Standard Practice Gallery, Strychnin Gallery Berlin, Fremantle Arts Centre, as well as at arts festivals including Underbelly, PUBLIC, NuArt, Auckland Festival of Photography, and SPRING/BREAK.
He has been featured in numerous publications and journals including: ICON (2022); The Politics of Public Space vol. 1 & 2 (2020); ABC Radio National (2022, 2020); The Sydney Morning Herald (2020, 2022); Assemble Papers (2020); Architecture AU (2019); Grazia (2018); The Saturday Paper (2018, 2022); Hypebeast Magazine (2018); Street to Studio (2018); Art Almanac (2017); Vice (2017); Artist Profile (2017), Kerb Journal (2014), Imagine Architecture (2014), Dazed and Confused (2014), and Hyperallergic (2013), among others.
In 2017, ABCTV released HOME: The Art of Ian Strange, a 6-part documentary series looking at Strange’s career and work to date. Strange has spoken and lectured widely about his practice, including at the Parsons School of Design (2014), Columbia College Chicago (2017), TEDxSydney (2018), RMIT University (2019), and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (2020).
Strange's work sits in museum and institution collections including: the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV); the Art Gallery of South Australia; the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA); Canterbury Museum, State Library Victoria, State Library of Queensland, John Curtin University, NGA Research Library Archives, and the Asia Pacific Design Library.