PROJECT SPACE SPARE ROOM / Friday 6 April to Thursday 10 May 2018
(Book Launch Thursday 5 April 5-7pm, with opening remarks by Prof. Daniel Palmer)
RMIT:ART:INTERSECT presents the Australian launch of ISLAND, a new publication project created by Ian Strange. This is a companion to his body of photographic work of the same name created in the USA between 2015 and 2018. This limited edition publication will be exclusively available at the launch and will be exhibited alongside photographic works, artefacts and drawings from the ISLAND series.
ISLAND is published by PAMPAM Press with the support of Ian Strange Studio, Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Cultural Fund.
Ian Strange is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores architecture, space and the home, alongside broader themes of disenfranchisement within the urban environment. His practice includes large-scale multifaceted projects resulting in; photography, sculpture, installation, site-specific interventions, film works, documentary works and exhibitions. His studio practice includes painting and drawing, as well as on-going research and archiving projects.
Strange has held solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, [‘Suburban’, 2011-2013], The Canterbury Museum [‘Final Act’, 2013] and participated in the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia with ‘LANDED’ a commissioned sculptural installation on the forecourt of the gallery.
Between 2015-16 he created ‘SHADOW’ a large scale project incorporating suburban homes, documented in film and photography; and ‘ZŁOTY’, a site-specific intervention onto the exterior an historical building commissioned by the Intytucja Kultury, Katowice, Poland .
In June 2016 he held a solo exhibition of his ‘SUBURBAN’ body of work in New York with NYC based arts organisation Standard Practice.
In 2017 Strange released ‘ISLAND’ (2015-17) a series of new works, exhibitions and an editioned publication based around interventions undertaken through Ohio’s rust-belt region and in New York. The work premiered in a solo exhibition at FAC (Fremantle Art Centre) before exhibiting in New York with Standard Practice in November, 2o17.
Strange has a number of ongoing collaborative projects including ongoing work with; designer and artist Virgil Abloh creating large scale sculptural commissions for Off White in Melbourne and Sydney in 2017, Collaborating with architect and artist Catie Newell on ‘345 Franklin’, a public installation created with Site-Lab for Art Prize, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since 2016 Strange has been completing a major collaborative work with Australian based contemporary dance company ‘Chunky Move’ and choreographer Anouk Van Dijk slated for release in 2019.
In 2017 ABCTV released ‘Home : The Art of Ian Strange’ a 6-part documentary series looking at his career and work to date.
Strange has been featured in publications including; OSMOS Magazine, Art World, Dazed and Confused, The Atlantic, Art Monthly, Nowness, Imagine Architecture, ArtAlmanac, Artlink, Art Market, Artist Profile, Vault Magazine, Oyster Magazine and The Financial Review.
His work sits in private and public collections including; the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Canterbury Museum.