Ian Strange: Suburban Interventions 2008-2020

Ian Strange is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores architecture, space and the home. Strange is best known for his ongoing series of suburban architectural interventions, film and photographic works subverting the archetypal domestic house. In ‘Ian Strange: Suburban Interventions 2008-2020’, we are given a comprehensive overview of the past 12 years of the artist’s thought-provoking practice, featuring full suites of his most iconic photographs as well as three rarely seen films that collectively explore the enigma of the suburban.

Ian Strange, FINAL ACT – Number Twelve (detail), 2013, archival digital print, documentation of site-specific intervention. Courtesy the artist

Strange is best known for community-based monumental site-specific, suburban intervention projects in the US and New Zealand in recent years. Here, Strange transformed full-scale residential homes to reveal layers of experience and aspiration often hidden behind the conventional facades of normality of suburban life. They resonate with the trauma and impact of natural disaster as well as unfulfilled dreams of communities living through profound financial despair on the fringes of an elusive suburban utopia.

John Curtin Gallery
7 February to 24 April 2020
Western Australia