‘ISLAND’ utilizes sculpture, research, found artefacts and drawings, and is anchored by three major photographic works, which document interventions undertaken directly onto suburban homes in the USA. ‘ISLAND’ includes new research and work created in Ohio, Detroit, and New York between 2015 and 2017.
‘ISLAND’ reflects on the home through the metaphor of the desert island; a place that simultaneously consists of personal sovereignty and entrapment. ‘ISLAND’ interplays the monumental with the intimate and intangible. This collection of work examines 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 to September 16, 2017, and was exhibited in New York City at 149 West 14th St. by arts organisation Standard Practice from November 18 to December 16, 2017.