Talking, watching, discussing, surfing the net, reading books are all important key factors that help growing the own interests, the own passions. Finding inspirations is never easy and, worst of it, you cannot plan it. The new Interview series discuss with photographers and artists how challenging can be finding inspirations, developing a vision, hiking to the next step.
SUBURBAN was one of the most impressive exhibition we had this year at the Nation Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Unfortunately it ended on 15th of September. SUBURBAN is a multimedia installation based on photography, media and materials created by New York-based Australian artist Ian Strange. Since 2011 Ian has been working with a film crew and volunteers in 6 American states to create eight site specific interventions incorporating suburban homes. The recording of these interventions through film and photography forms the basis of this ground-breaking work.
Ian Strange’s artistic career started in the late 90s in Perth, Western Australia, as a street artist using the name Kid-Zoom. His career quickly evolved into a new dimension and he is now an internationally recognized visual artist.
SUBURBAN is a large scale exhibition. It was interesting to interview Ian and understand how challenging was his carrier path as well as creating his last 2-years long project.
Q. How did you start photography and video?
I studied film, so i have always had an interest in photography and film. I’ve also love the documentative aspect of site specific works.
Q. What was your initial inspiration? Whose work has influenced you most?
Gordon Matta Clark, Harmony Korine and Leigh Bowery are all heroes of mine and have been a huge inspiration for my work, both direct and indirectly.
Q. What makes the good pictures stand out from the average?
For me it’s images that feel honest and the same could be said about video.
Q. You have quite a following on the social networks. Do you think that the social environments help you and how?
I would have never left Perth if it wasn’t for the net. I like to make completely controlled environments for my exhibitions, but i am also aware that more people will see my work online than will ever experience an exhibition of my work – So i try to communicate the work online as best i can.
It really is about having good ideas and communicating them effectively, not knowing the most about gear or having the best equipment.
Q. You grew up in Perth and you are currently living in New York. SUBURBAN was an incredible multimedia exhibition. Does the inspiration come more from Australia or US?
It comes from being stuck between those two poles and having no sense of belonging or home.
Q. You showed unquestionable skills in Suburban, technical skills, management skills, planning skills, organization skills and much more. What was the most challenging part of the project and why?
Stamina, keeping my team motivated and finding money to keep it going were all very hard.
Q. Your next project
I have a few things in development, but nothing that’s ready to be announced just yet.
Indeed we all need stamina for any project we have in our life. I thank here once again Ian for his time. More photos and videos below and don’t forget to visit his website and follow his facebook page
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Ian Strange / Kid-Zoom