Nothing strange about art works

Nothing strange about art works

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Established artist and Western Australian Ian Strange beside his Suburban Intervention 2008 – 2020 exhibition at John Curtin Gallery. Photograph — Richard Polden.

Western Australian born artist Ian Strange is certainly no stranger to the meaning of homes and suburban life.

For the first time ever, the established artist is completing a large scale survey representing a comprehensive overview of the past 12-years of his provoking practice around the globe.

The John Curtin Gallery will be displaying the artist’s Suburban Interventions 2008 – 2020 exhibition from February 7 to April 24.

Suburban Interventions features a number of iconic photographic suites and largely unseen film works.

More than 25 large-scale photographs, including the documentation of his community-based projects will be displayed on site.

Ian Strange beside his Suburban Intervention 2008 – 2020. Photograph — Richard Polden.

Mr Strange is now based between New York and Melbourne and even though he doesn’t stay in one place for too long he wants the community to find the connection between their homes and homes around the world.

“I never had the opportunity before to bring all these works into one place and it is really wonderful to do it here in Perth,”he said.

“I want people to think of the home overall as a universal symbol and connect with their own idea of homes.”

The artist’s ambitious onsite transformations of full-scale residential homes also display trauma and the impact of natural disasters as well as unfulfilled dreams of low socio-economic communities.

“I work in environments that are very extreme and therefore it shows the vulnerability of our homes during a crisis,” he said.