Deconstructed Suburban Homes Explore America’s Obsession With Home [Video]

Deconstructed Suburban Homes Explore America’s Obsession With Home [Video]

Artist Kid Zoom explores the how cultural identity is tied up in these split-level houses.

Laura Chase
  • 23 july 2013

‘Suburban’ is a multi-media installation by New York based, Australian visual artist Ian Strange aka Kid Zoom. ‘It’s the most ambitious project I’ve done so far’ he says. Strange’s unique collection explores the notion of the suburban home as an icon and suburban identity as a whole.

Over a two year period, Strange worked and travelled with a film crew and volunteers though east coast neighborhoods in Alabama, Ohio, Detroit, New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire to create, photograph and film eight site specific interventions involving suburban homes. Strange painted directly on to the facades and surfaces of houses, and in some cases burnt them to the ground, ‘to create a moving statement around Western ideas of home and turning them into symbols you can react against’, he explains.

The collection features nine large-scale photographic works and a dramatic multi-channel, surround sound video installation. The exhibition of these interventions takes place through the film and photo series as well as having a selection of the fragments of the original houses displayed. It will premier in a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia on July 26. A short-film will be released in late 2013.

According to contemporary artist Ron English

Kid Zoom appears to be the artist who will finally bridge the gap between gallery and street, legitimizing aerosol once and for all as a fine art medium. 

Preview the short film below:

Ian Strange Suburban

Images from Ian Strange


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