In Brief

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

‘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.

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