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ISLAND: the art world of Ian Strange Fremantle Arts Centre July 5, 2017

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Perth-raised, New York-based artist Ian Strange returns for the world premiere of his latest exhibition ISLAND. Continuing his investigations into architecture and the home ISLAND features large scale photographs of three interventions on foreclosed suburban houses in Ohio’s Rust Belt region.

The family home is a symbol of family, community and safety. Approaching it through the metaphor of the desert island, a place of refuge and sovereignty but simultaneously entrapment, Strange highlights how fragile and unstable home is in the wake of the GFC and the ensuing American housing crisis.

Alongside the photographs, Strange presents a section of a now-demolished home from New Jersey and found artefacts collected at the intervention sites. ISLAND also features a major new site-specific installation based on an abstracted house framework.

Strange rose to international prominence as a street artist in the early 2000s and has gone on to exhibit widely across Australia and overseas with solo exhibitions at Standard Practice, New York, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Canterbury Museum (NZ). His art practice has investigated the themes of home and suburbia for the past eight years and he was recently the subject of a six-part ABC documentary series HOME: The Art of Ian Strange.

Opening Fri 21 July | 6:30pm | Fremantle Arts Centre | Free Entry
Exhibition runs Sat 22 July – Sat 16 September | 10am-5pm daily


The Shadow of Ian Strange FORM FESTIVAL Perth April 18, 2015

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Amy from the Fremantle Council played what she called a small part in the work flow of Ian Strange’s masterful production at 381 Murray Street Perth. We are standing in line to enter the dark space of a pop up gallery with 1200 expectant art savants and their mobile phones and she tells me that she had  the job of calling people and asking them if Ian could paint their houses. All were scheduled for demolition and finished their life as part of art history.

Timo Santala from Finland at Ian Strange’s SHADOW exhibition

The atmosphere once inside is warm and intimate and people connect easily in the dark space of the gallery and talk about the work with authority and use their iPhones to document the transcendent images before them. I wonder how to record the event and decide to take their portraits in the space. Eventually people start to ask me to take their portraits.

Kid Zoom aka Ian Strange has had an impact on all of us.