"Back in 2017, Strange worked with Virgil Abloh, making installations for Off-White stores in Melbourne, Sydney, and New York. Now he’s transitioning to lights. For FotoFocus’s 2022 Biennial, the multidisciplinary artist created two architectural interventions centered around the act of looking. "
"Ian Strange casts the suburban home in a new light", Document Journal, by Madison Bulnes
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"Over the course of this Radio Juxtapoz podcast, Doug Gillen speaks with Strange about a wide range of topics in regard to his practice, his recent installation in Ohio and the complex topic of home."
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 102 was recorded in January, 2023.
'Making Penumbra' is a short film following the creation of the two central photographic works for Strange's new ‘PENUMBRA' series. This footage was originally filmed and edited for display in 'Ian Strange: Disturbed Home', a survey exhibition at the Art Academy of Cincinnati for the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial.
Filmed by Brittany Shyne, with additional footage from Cameron Henderson. Edit and grade by Dominic Pearce. Full credits and more information on PENUMBRA here
Ian Strange: Disturbed Home is a survey exhibition of the artist’s architectural interventions, including photographic and filmic interpretations of those structural works. Highlighting projects of the past fifteen years and spanning geographies from Strange’s native Australia, to New Zealand, Japan, Poland, and the United States, including Cincinnati.
The exhibition includes photographs, films, drawings, and video installations in the adjacent Art Academy Annex. Disturbed Home includes the premiere of a newly commissioned work 'Penumbra', created in Cincinnati and commissioned by FotoFocus as a part of an Art Academy of Cincinnati artist residency.
Disturbed Home is accompanied by a new monograph, Ian Strange: Disturbed Home (Damiani 2022), edited and with essays by Kevin Moore, artistic director and curator of FotoFocus, 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).
2022 FotoFocus Biennial
Ian Strange: Disturbed Home
October 1 – December 9, 2022
Art Academy of Cincinnati: SITE 1212
1212 Jackson St, Cincinnati
More information on the exhibition and 2022 FotoFocus Biennial here
Opening Reception and Street Party for Ian Strange: Disturbed Home survey exhibition at the Art Academy of Cincinnati for the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial.
Ian Strange: Disturbed Home
Opening Reception & Street Party
October 1, 2022
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Art Academy of Cincinnati
FREE. Open to the public
“FotoFocus, America’s Largest Photo Biennial, Gets Strange” Sam Gaskin. OCULA, 2 August 2022
“...Showing at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, his images of homes in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Japan, and the United States document our changing relationships to housing amidst record-breaking changes in the climate and the economy.
“His work is about the social aftermath of the way capitalism rolls through cities,' Moore said. 'Housing is a sentimental, common, universal theme, but I like the way he treats it all over the world in different countries and different circumstances, from earthquakes in Christchurch to urban and suburban blight in states like Ohio.'
Strange has previously marked entire homes in bright red, the same way photographers mark their negatives, and created light installations reminiscent of Rene Magritte's Empire of Lights paintings (1953–54), which simultaneously depict day and night.”
DALISON is opening at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, August 8, 2022. UCCA will screen the DALISON film-work alongside the four photographic works in the series as a part of their Public Practice program—presented in partnership with the Australian Embassy, China. The works will be on view until August 28th.
DALISON is a collaborative work by Ian Strange with US musician Trevor Powers resulting in a one-off live performance, new photographic works, and an 18-minute single-channel film work.
More information on DALISON can be found via the project micro-site at www.DalisonProject.com.
“Home and Away: Four New Art Books Explore the Meaning of Home.” Simmons, Baya, and Mark C O’Flaherty. Financial Times, July 21, 2022
"For centuries, crosses and circles have been used to mark houses either visited by disease or targeted for burglary. This act of externalising the interior life of a home is something that artist Ian Strange explores in his Disturbed Home monograph, which contains works created over the past 12 years across his native Australia, New Zealand, the US, Norway, Japan and Poland. Spanning photography, sculpture and film, the sequence, collected in a new book ahead of an exhibition at Cincinnati’s photography biennial in September, documents Strange’s eerie “architectural interventions"
Read the full article here.
Other recent ‘Disturbed Home’ coverage: DesignBoom, ElleDecor, SkyArte, and Hypebeast.
‘Disturbed Home’ is available in bookstores and online. More information here and here.
Publisher Damiani and FotoFocus have released the first comprehensive survey of Ian Strange's architectural interventions, including photographic and filmic interpretations of those works. Highlighting projects from the past 12-years and spanning geographies from Strange's native Australia to New Zealand, Japan, Poland, and the US, Strange's provocative transformations of damaged or abandoned homes unlock themes of social upheaval, and geographic displacement caused by economic blight, environmental disaster, and migration.
Disturbed Home includes scholarly essays addressing Strange’s practice within traditions of photography, film, public sculpture, installation, and dance performance – with words from the FotoFocus Biennal’s artistic director and curator Kevin Moore, as well as 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).
Disturbed Home is published by Damiani and distributed by Distributed Art Publishers and Thames & Hudson.
'The Influence: Ian Strange' by Kate Holden. First published in the print edition of The Saturday Paper on April 9, 2022.
"Ian Strange’s artistic investigations of suburban houses draw on Gordon Matta-Clark’s works on the fragility of home. For The Influence, Strange decided to speak about Bingo by Matta-Clark. In 1974 the American artist took a derelict house and cut its facade into rectangles. He put five parts into a sculpture park and exhibited three, commenting, “by undoing a building there are many aspects of the social condition against which I am gesturing”."
Read the full article here.
Kate Holden is the author of The Winter Road, winner of the 2021 Walkley Book Award and the 2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Nonfiction.
Sydney Morning Herald, February 26, 2022
Haunting artwork evokes the neighbourhood that didn’t need to disappear. This article was first published in Spectrum, The Age, and also appeared in The Age, Brisbane Times and WA Today.
HOUSES Magazine, July 15, 2022
A beguiling, graphic and cinematic sensibility: Ian Strange's 'Dalison'
ABC News, March 2, 2022
Old family home gets dramatic demolition send-off in artistic installation by Ian Strange
Broadsheet, March 4, 2022
A Major New Work by Artist Ian Strange Is a Eulogy to a Lost Suburb and the Impermanence of Home
The West Australian, February 28, 2022
Perth artist Ian Strange’s Dalison project sheds light on the David and Goliath battle for suburban home
HYPEBEAST, March 3, 2022
Ian Strange collaborates with Trevor Powers on 'Dalison'
Monster Children, February, 2022
Ian Strange Explores the Suburb that Western Australia Forgot
Design Boom, March 2, 2022
Ian Strange & Trevor Powers to release short film as eulogy for isolated Australian house
ICON, March 15, 2022
Ian Strange and Trevor Powers collaborate on new film and photographic series Dalison
More information on DALISON: www.dalisonproject.com
“Ian Strange uses the entire outside of a house as his canvas. Painting, lighting it up, and even commissioning music, to explore the vulnerability and symbolism of the great Australian (and American) dream, through eras of unaffordability and foreclosure. His recent work DALISON took over the last remaining house in the last remaining street in a demolished neighborhood of Perth, at the invitation of its owners.”
'Making Dalison' is a new short documentary following the creation of the ‘DALISON’ project by Ian Strange and Trevor Powers.
Director: Dominic Pearce, Producer/Writer/Story Editor: Emma Pegrum, Executive Producer: Jedda Andrews, Cinematography: Dominic Pearce and Daniel Craig (Perth, WA), Tyler Williams (Idaho), Edited by: Steven Alyian and Dominic Pearce, Original Score (Making Dalison): Marc Earley. Full credits here.
More information on DALISON via www.dalisonproject.com
‘Dalison’ a new essay by writer and academic Eva Hagberg on Ian Strange's recent DALISON project is now available here.
Eva Hagberg is an author, educator, academic with expertise in architectural history, history of art, American Studies, and material culture, and public speaker. She teaches in the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College and at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University and holds a Ph.D: Visual and Narrative Culture from the University of California, Berkeley; an MS in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and; an AB in Architecture from Princeton University. Her debut memoir, "How to be Loved", was published in February 2019 to overwhelming critical acclaim. Her architecture and design writing has appeared in the New York Times, Metropolis, Wallpaper*, and more. Her academic book, "When Eero Met His Match", is forthcoming Fall 2022 from Princeton University Press.
Saturday, March 5
7pm - 11pm
The Naval Store
Fremantle, Western Australia
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DALISON is a new site-specific light and sound installation work by Ian Strange created in collaboration with musician Trevor Powers, resulting in a new photographic series, an 18-minute film work, and a one-off live performance.
DALISON was built around an isolated home at 20 Dalison Ave, Wattleup, Western Australia—the last of two remaining ‘hold out’ homes following a controversial redevelopment which saw the demolition of over 300 surrounding homes. Created in collaboration with these former owners and residents, the works form a surviving record of this temporary sound and light installation; a eulogy to this soon-to-be demolished home and the community it was once part of.
In the coming week exhibitions and screenings of the work will be announced, along with the release of a short documentary following the creation of the work.
“America’s Largest Photography Biennial to Consider Human Impact on the Natural World and Feature Large-Scale, Site-Specific Commission by Artist Ian Strange, Solo Exhibitions by Baseera Khan, Tony Oursler, and Liz Roberts, and more”
The 2022 Biennial showcases major new artist commissions and a wide range of original exhibitions and projects curated by FotoFocus and special guest curators, all centered around the theme of World Record. These twelve projects, featuring international, national, and regional artists and curators, respond to photography’s extensive record of life on earth, humankind’s impact on the natural world, and the choices we now face as a global community.
Light Intersections II
12 Marlborough St,
June 24 - July 4, 2021
Cinematography: Selina Miles. Edit and Grade: Dominic Pearce.
Other recent press for Light Intersections II: Hypebeast, Colossal, DesignBoom, MyModernMet, Daily Architecture News, Broadsheet, ElleDecor, and Sydney Morning Herald.
More information on Light Intersections II here
‘Threads of Vision’ a new essay by Dr. Rory Hyde investigating Strange's site-specific work ‘Light Intersections II’ is now available.
In his essay, Hyde links the work to ‘Emission Theory’, an early theory of vision and perspective held for over 1,000 years, from the Ancient Greeks to Issac Newton, where lines of perspective were thought to be a form of invisible filament projected out of the eye, allowing us to perceive the world.
Dr. Rory Hyde is Associate Professor in Architecture, Curatorial Design, and Practice at the University of Melbourne and Design Advocate for the Mayor of London. From 2013 to 2020 he was the Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the Victoria and Albert Museum. More information on Light Intersections II can be found here.
via ABC Radio National:
“WA's state art gallery reopens with new rooftop space, improved lighting and hundreds of new commissions” by Emma Wynne.
“Spearheaded by Ian Strange, who recently completed a 15-month term as guest artistic director at AGWA, the exhibitions aim to reconnect Perth audiences with the local artistic talent base."
"It is important that in this major moment of renewal for the gallery, it's not just about the building, but about the art and artists of WA," Mr Strange said. "I am so excited for visitors to the gallery to see some of the world's best art by Western Australian artists."”
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“Exhibition review: The View From Here, AGWA” by Stephanie Reisch
"Lead by Director Colin Walker and Guest Artistic Director, Ian Strange, The View From Here offers a platform for artists from across the state and at different stages of their careers to engage in a dialogue about place, culture and identity.”
"The View From Here is an eclectic meditation on where we have come from as much as it is a survey of where we are now. It is a celebration of how we view the state collectively, individually, and cross-culturally, whether it is looking back from across the seas or deep from within. It is a view of the world from here."
Other Press and Reviews: Art Almanac, Art Guide, The Review Board, ArtsHub, ABC News, Broadsheet
Project Partners: Thinktank Design, Nic Brunson Architects, Dominic Pearce, Emma Pegrum, Common State, Bec Stawell Wilson, Grotto, Todd Harrison, Ian Kanik, Gesture Systems.
Media inquiries here (Tiki Menegola)
LIGHT INTERSECTIONS II is a significant new site-specific commissioned by the City of Sydney as a part of their 2021 Art and About public art program. The work is currently on-view until July 4th, 2021.
Light Intersections II
12 Marlborough St,
June 24 - July 4, 2021
LIGHT INTERSECTIONS II inserts beams of light through the facade of a late 19th-century Victorian terrace home. Appearing to puncture the building across two perspective planes, the lines of light are drawn from the building's perspective lines, abstracted, and inserted back into the architecture. The series explores the hand-drawn line in the landscape. In particular, perspective lines and their relationship to art and architecture as a way of understanding, interpreting, and affecting landscape.
The work was created in collaboration with OFFICE, Scoundrel Projects, and Ian Strange Studios with producers Jedda Andrews, Holly Winter, and Adrian Shaprio.
Visitor and Covid-19 safety information (City of Sydney)
Visitor information via Broadsheet
More information via Art and About website here
Media release here
Strange has been announced as the first Guest Artistic Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA)—Western Australia’s state art museum.
“A modern day odd couple has taken over the direction of the Art Gallery of WA with a “bureaucrat” and a Perth raised New York artist charged with revitalizing the cultural institution...”
via The Australian Newspaper:
“Cool Change.” Laurie, Victoria. The Australian Newspaper, August 14, 2020.
“Talking about the “bones” of a building is an unusual way to describe an art gallery, but visual artist Ian Strange is no ordinary observer of the gallery in question, the Art Gallery of Western Australia. “I think the bones of this building are beautiful, and perhaps in the past a lot of people have fought those bones,” says Strange, a rising star in contemporary Australian art who has just been appointed as AGWA’s first artistic director — an unusual title, possibly the first for any Australian public art gallery. Perth-born Strange is one half of the “odd couple” that has taken control of AGWA’s destiny...”
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“For a decade, Australian artist Ian Strange has been making art that investigates our complex relationship to the notion of 'home'. For our new series Home is Where the Art is we step into homes across Australia to discover objects that carry symbolic, nostalgic and poignant stories.”
Listen to the full episode here
ArtsHub “Ian Strange – Suburban Interventions, John Curtin Gallery (WA”) by Gina Fairley
☆☆☆☆☆ 5/5 star review
“The exhibition Ian Strange: Suburban Interventions 2008 – 2020 is an example of getting it right. Curated by Chris Malcolm, director at John Curtin Gallery, this is surprisingly the first survey exhibition of Ian Strange’s work, and it is fitting to coincide with Perth Festival, which under its new branding celebrates local creative heroes. Perth-born and New York-based, Strange is known for representing the familiar. In his hands, the idea of home – which is ingrained with all kinds of notions of identity and security – is turned inside out, made raw.”
“The next outstanding festival exhibition is Ian Strange’s Suburban Interventions 2008-2020 at the John Curtin Gallery. Strange is a local-boy-made-good who has become an artist of international stature with an epic series of works in which he has painted and photographed abandoned houses. It’s an apocalyptic public art that forces reflections on themes such as dispossession, homelessness, natural disasters, economic crises and the rapid fading of the suburban dream.
Not only does Strange photograph these houses, he restores and repairs them, and lights each image in the manner of a motion picture shoot. He has worked in Perth, in New Zealand, the United States and even Poland. There is nothing tricked-up about his photographs and videos which faithfully record his elaborate paint jobs that spread crosses, skulls and words such as RUN and HELP across the facades of houses.
Some of Strange’s most stark and disturbing images come from buildings covered in saturating tones of black or red. By painting a suburban bungalow a dense, sooty black he shrinks the structure into a block as heavily compacted as a lump of coal.”
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IAN STRANGE SUBURBAN INTERVENTIONS 2008-2020: Presented by Perth Festival 2020 in association with the John Curtin Gallery,
Ian Strange: Suburban Interventions 2008 – 2020 is the first-ever large-scale survey of the artist’s photographic and film work. It represents a comprehensive overview of the past 12 years of his thought-provoking practice, featuring full suites of his photographic work and films collectively exploring the notion of 'home' and the enigma of the suburban.
More information via Perth Festival website.
Opening: Thursday 6 Feb 6:30 – 8:30
Exhibition: Friday 7 Feb – Friday 24 Apr
Monday - Friday 11am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 12 – 4pm
Sunday May 26th, ABCTV Australia will rebroadcast the documentary ‘Home: The Art of Ian Strange’.
“Home: The Art of Ian Strange documentary looks at how the artist’s upbringing in the suburbs of Perth has informed his artistic practice, which looks at subverting the iconography of suburbia and home on an international scale.”
More information here.
“Hope and horror as art and design converge” by Robert Nelson. Sydney Morning Herald, April 15, 2019.
“The original Lyon Housemuseum is based on a private collection with a sympathy for artworks that contemplate architecture in some way. The first exhibition in the new, public space next door maintains this interest. Sometimes, the works even argue with the building itself. An example is an installation by Ian Strange, where neon lights that run past the original Housemuseum figuratively skewer the front corner of the new space.“
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LIGHT INTERSECTIONS is a new light installation by artist Ian Strange, commissioned by the Lyon Foundation for the Lyon Housemuseum’s inaugural exhibition ‘Enter’.
LIGHT INTERSECTIONS creates lines of light which break through the old and new museum buildings, appearing to puncture the walls of the external structure and the internal gallery. Placing abstracted perspective lines back into the landscape, the work functions as both an interior gallery work and exterior architectural intervention.
The work was designed in collaboration with OFFICE and Giffin Design, with the support of curator Fleur Watson and Lyon Housemuseum patrons Yueji and Corbett Lyon.
LIGHT INTERSECTIONS is on display from March 16th until August 2019 for ‘ENTER’ alongside new works by artists: Patricia Piccinini, Brook Andrew, Ry David Bradley, Callum Morton, FFIXXED Studios x James Deutsher, Shaun Gladwell, Nova Milne, Kate Mitchell, Dan Moynihan, Baden Pailthorpe, Kenzee Patterson, Esther Stewart, Kynan Tan, Min Wong, and Constanze Zikos.
16 March - 15 July, 2019
Lyon Housemuseum Galleries
217 Cotham Rd
Ticketed exhibition tour via NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) and curator Fleur Watson here
Tour hosted via Vault Magazine here (March 22)
More information on Lyon Housemuseum here
More information on Light Intersections here
‘The home, art and place’ is now available on Youtube and the TED website.
"Multidisciplinary artist Ian Strange considers how home shapes the way we think of ourselves and our communities. Strange creates large-scale art projects and installations incorporating homes around the world."
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‘All We Can’t See’ by Will Cox. The Saturday Paper, August 4th, 2018
“Hanging in the middle of Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs gallery is a digital print by artist Ian Strange. In it is a suburban house in the early evening, a calm setting, though the house is rendered totally black, as if charred by some grisly blaze.
On a card next to the image is an account of the incident that inspired it, which reads:
“Type of Incident: Actual self-harm. 02 March 2015. Risk rating: Critical. Downgraded? No. [REDACTED] was walking out of IHMS toward the bus stop. SCA CM [REDACTED] witnessed [REDACTED] pick up two or three rocks and swallowed them. Whiskey 1 and another officer restrained [REDACTED] to prevent him picking up any more rocks: [REDACTED] calmed once restrained.”
Something plays out between this stark description of the act and Strange’s image, with its eerie calm. The clear, straight architectural lines of this dark, tarnished home and the trimmed garden brim with tension. Strange, who was born in Australia, is now based in Brooklyn. It’s perhaps this distance that gives him such a precise view of one of modern Australia’s darkest conflicts.”
A two-part event including a screening of Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s film The Silent Eye and an Artist Panel with Ian Strange, Anouk van Dijk, and Amiel Courtin-Wilson, mediated by Santilla Chingaipe.
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
NGV Winter Programing
Thursday 28th June, 2018
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm AEST
More on MELNYC at NGV here
Launch of 'A Shelter for Architecture', a publication by GIANY - Greek Institute of Architects in New York.
March 16, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
Consulate General of Greece in New York
69 East 79th Street
The book is compiled as a record of 'A Shelter for Architecture' symposia, presented by the Greek Institute of Architects in New York [GIANY], in April 2016 at the Consulate General of Greece in New York.
With introductions from:
Joel Rutten Director, Bernard Tschumi Architects / 'A Shelter for Architecture' contributor, Ivi Diamantopoulou_Principal, New Affiliates / 'A Shelter for Architecture' contributor Constantine Bouras, Co-director, GIANY / 'A Shelter for Architecture' co-editor
Includes contributions from: Emanuel Admassu, Alberto Altamirano, Georgia Anagnostopoulou, Eirini Anthouli, Maria Avramidou, Marcello Bardi , Rachel Barnard, Mark J. Blechner, Benoit Bourd, Aikaterini Bousia-Alexaki, Kristoffer Castro, Maria-Laura Casu, Neeraj Chatterji, Andreina De Abreu, Justin Den Herder, Ivi Diamantopoulou, Guillermo Fernandez, John Fotiadis, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ignacio González Galán, Laura Garcia, Tassos Govatsos, Ahmed Hassaballa, William Hirst, Rutger Huiberts, Jason Iplixian, Rennie Jones, Elena Kapompasopoulou, Annamaria Kasimati, Nikos Katsikis, Michail Karolos Keranis, Konstantina Koligliati, Minas Konstantinou, George Kontaroudis, Emily Koustae, Angeliki Koutsandrea, Olga Ktena, Christoph Kumpusch, Carl Laffan, Beomki Lee, Anna Lim, Loopo Studio, Amanda Loulaki, Nikos Michelis, Matthias Neumann, Spyros Nikolopoulos, George Vlasis Pakalidis, Anastasia Papadi, Dimitra Papageorgiou, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Frixos Petrou, Ilia Politopoulou, Nathan Rich, Joel Rutten, Yehuda Emmanuel Safran, Juan Francisco Saldarriaga, Kriti Siderakis, Kelly Spanou, Dimitrios Spyropoulos, Anastasia Spyropoulou, Abby Stone, Ian Strange, Zenovia Toloudi, Eirini Tsachrelia, Loukia Tsafoulia, Angeliki Tzifa, Athanasios Vagias, Parina Vasilopoulou, Lydia Venieri, Dimitris Venizelos, Adonis Volanakis, Valmik Vyas, Kun-Lin Justin Yang, Jonathan Yang, Christina Yessios, Athina Zafeiropoulou
More informaiton here