‘SHADOW’ – Ian Strange

“I wanted to create a body of work that reacted to the Australian suburbs as a whole. They have informed so much of our national identity but seem to undermine a deeper understanding of history and landscape in this country. This work is a reaction to that.” – IAN STRANGE

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SHADOW is a new exhibition by Australian born, New York based artist Ian Strange presenting ve new photographic works and a single channel film work with a 5.1 surround sound sound-scape. Between 2015-16 Strange worked with a production team, film crew, community groups and volunteers to create and document ve site-speci c interventions incorporating Australian suburban homes. In SHADOW Strange transforms the familiar red-brick Australian home into a void etched out of the landscape. These houses retain their iconic shape, appearing as silhouettes or shadows of themselves in the suburbs. As in his previous works Strange investigates the home as a social and psychological construct rendering these familiar objects unfamiliar. In attempting to place the psychological interior of the homes on to their exterior he asks us to reconsider our relationship to the home.

SHADOW is a continuation of the artist’s ongoing global body of work investigating the family home and suburbia. This began with HOME [2011], a to-scale reconstruction of his family home, in the Turbine Hall on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island. SUBURBAN [2011-2013] saw the artist create seven site-speci c interventions onto homes in Ohio, Detroit, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire in the USA, premiering in a solo exhibition of lm, photography and sculptural works at the National Gallery of Victoria, in 2013. That same year, FINAL ACT [2013], showed at the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand, incorporating uninhabited, earthquake-affected homes in Christchurch’s ‘Red Zone’. Most recently he created ZŁOTY, a site-specific intervention onto the exterior an historical building commissioned by the Intytucja Kultury, Katowice, Poland [2015].


SHADOW was created with the support of The Australia Council for the Arts, FORM and the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts as a part of a three-month residency at the Central Institute of Technology’s 2015 artist-in-residence program.