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, documentary works, and exhibitions. His studio practice includes painting and drawing, as well as ongoing research and archiving projects.
Strange is best known for his ongoing series of suburban architectural interventions, film, and photographic works that subvert the archetypal domestic home. The work 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) (‘OPEN HOME’, 2017); 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, RMIT, Standard Practice NYC, Cockatoo Island’s Turbine Hall, Fremantle Arts Centre, Moore Contemporary, and as a part of the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart at the Art Gallery of South Australia with ‘LANDED’ (2014), a commissioned sculptural installation on the forecourt of the gallery. Strange’s publication ‘ISLAND’ (2017), based on the eponymous site-specific sculptural work, won the Bronze Medal for the New South Wales State Print Awards 2018. In 2019 Strange was commissioned by the Lyon Foundation to create a large-scale light installation work titled ‘LIGHT INTERSECTION’ for ENTER, the inaugural exhibition at the Lyon Housemuseum’s new gallery. In 2020, John Curtin Gallery exhibited ‘SUBURBAN INTERVENTIONS 2008 – 2020’, a comprehensive mid-career survey that included all of Strange’s film and photographic works, archival material from past projects, as well as a deep dive into the artist’s creative process.
Strange has a number of ongoing collaborative works and projects. These include: ‘TRACES’, (2016–2020) a collaboration with contemporary dance company Chunky Move and their creative director Anouk Van Dijk; on-going collaborative works 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, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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 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 2017.
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 operates between his studio in Melbourne, Australia and Brooklyn, New York. He is currently serving as the Guest Artistic Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, Australia.