Visit a different kind of suburbia with Ian Strange

Published:  July 15, 2013
Visit a different kind of suburbia with Ian Strange

The remarkable work of New York-based Australian artist Ian Strange will take centre stage at NGV Studio from 27 July.

Suburban is the culmination of Strange travelling for two and a half years through neighbourhoods in the US. Working on a massive scale across key cities, Strange painted directly on to the surfaces and facades of suburban homes, and in some cases burnt them to the ground, to create a moving statement around Western ideas of home.

These unique interventions staged across the cities of Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire were documented with a film crew and volunteers and will be shared at NGV Studio as part of Strange’s multifaceted photographic, film and installation work.

Cinematic in both tone and scale, Suburban investigates the iconography surrounding the family home and its place in the current economic climate. Strange articulates his own conflicted relationship with suburbia he experienced growing up in the Australian suburbs, juxtaposed with living in New York City and the United States.

An vibrant late night program has been developed which will occur on the First Thursday of each month.

Kicking off on Thursday 1 August with Talking Strange, hear Ian Strange chat with Andrew Montell, Managing Director/Editor in Chief at ACCLAIM, about his current projects and why the family home is a recurring theme. The evening will close with a performance by multi-instrumentalist Wintercoats.

Suburban will be on display from 27 July to 15 September 2013 at NGV Studio, located at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square.

Open daily 10am–5pm. Entry is free.

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