Ian Strange grew up in a Perth that was not the edge-of-the-world psychedelic rock capitol of today. It was just the edge of the world, with a dash of suburbia thrown in. But then again the Ian Strange of today, a known associate of Banksy and Space Invader, is a far cry from the eleven year old making short films in his parents house.
That house, and the suburban landscape beyond, planted the seeds for Strange's newest work, SUBURBAN. The Brooklyn-based visual artist drove around the United States, modifying homes with provocative, large scale art. Some homes were painted with massive dark circles. Others, massive red x's. Still others, Ian literally burned to the ground.
Why? To explore the space between our warm notions about hearth and home, and the physical realities these notions are tethered to. CONVICTS caught up with Strange in New York and got his good word on growing up in Western Australia, the awe-inspiring physical mechanics of the project, and the universal significance of home.