Jul 14, 2013

SUBURBAN Ian Strange ⋅ 26 July 2013 ⋅ National Gallery of Victoria

We are super excited to finally see this project come to life- if you are anywhere on the 26th of July it should be the NGV.OK enough talk, just watch:

Ian Strange: SUBURBAN from Ian Strange [KID ZOOM] on Vimeo.

Delivering his largest and most ambitious project to date, Australian born, New York based artist, Ian “Kid Zoom” Strange presents SUBURBAN, a multifaceted photography, film and installation exhibition opening at the National Gallery of Victoria on July 26.

Since recreating a full-scale replica of his childhood home inside Cockatoo Island’s Turbine Hall in Sydney, 2011, Strange has continued his ongoing investigation of suburbia. For the past two years Strange has travelled across the East Coast of the United States working with a film crew and volunteers in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire to create, photograph and film eight site specific interventions incorporating suburban.

Suburban presents eight large-scale photographic works, a multi-channel, surround sound video installation along with carefully selected fragments of the original buildings that Strange has saved and re-presents as both sculptural objects and social artefacts.

On the exhibition, David Hurlston, Curator of Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, said, “We are excited to be able to present this ground-breaking exhibition of work by Ian Strange. From his early work as a street artist in Australia he is now a noted contemporary artist with a developing international standing. Strange is fast becoming recognised, both locally and internationally, for his distinctive practice and, in particular, for this new and unique body of work.”

Cinematic in both tone and scale, SUBURBAN investigates the iconography surrounding the family home and its place in the current economic climate. Through the work, 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.

“This project has been all consuming for the past two and a half years of my life”, said Strange. “I wanted to create a body of work that reacted to the icon of the suburban home and to the suburbs as a whole. The suburbs have played an important role in shaping who I am as a person and an artist. The suburbs have always been home, but I have always found suburbia isolating. SUBURBAN is my reaction to that.”

SUBURBAN opens at NGV Studio, located at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square on July 26.



See you all there!

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Jun 5, 2013

D.O.T.S by Søren Solkær Photography

World-renowned Danish photographer Søren Solkær visited Melbourne briefly this year to document street artists for his photography / book project D.O.T.S. I was lucky enough to be involved and below is the portrait of me he took at my & Steen Jones collaborative ‘Year of the Snake wall’, cant wait to see this collection/book in completion! – Meggs

From Søren’s new website:

“Søren is best known for his distinctive portraits of musicians. He is most recognised as the man responsible for various iconic images of Björk, The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, David Lynch, The Arctic Monkeys, R.E.M. and U2.

All the portraits in D.O.T.S. show artists who work in the public space.It is a book and exhibition project that was started in 2012.The aim is to portray the most significant figures in public and street art both on the contemporary scene as well as the pioneering figures.The project will take Søren to the Americas, across Europe and Australia.The book will be finished in 2014.”


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Jan 27, 2013

Once Bitten, Twice shy

Over this long weekend we had a few interstate friends around so it looked like a good time to head down to Hosier Lane to paint one of the biggest productions ever done there.

And it all happened in one day…

See pics below

Work by Rone, cheap Meggs, viagra Wonderlust, Sofles, Roach & Numskull

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Dec 11, 2012

Reka – “A push in the right direction” – Wynwood Cigar Factory, NW 24th st

My 4th and final installation of my painting frenzy in Wynwood for Miami Art Basel 2012.Completed one week apart, Dal East and myself collaborated on this large wall at the Wynwood Cigar Factory located on NW24th st between North Miami ave and NW 2nd ave. It was very easy to decide what to do from Dal’s crashed car. Very different styles but it works! Time to enjoy Basel and get my drink on… maybe even go to the beach!
My Ride during Basel… I wish!

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Dec 11, 2012

Reka – “No strings attached” – SE 26th st & NE 2nd ave

My 3rd installment of walls completed in Wynwood for Miami Art Basel 2012. A very hard location to paint…. not just the size either. Luckily the owners were nice enough to hire a mammoth boom 50 ft boom lift! One of my largest murals to date. This wall can be found on the corner of SE 26th st & NE 2nd ave. Enjoy…


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Dec 11, 2012

Reka – “Abandoned but not lost” – NE 22nd & Nth Miami ave

Sorry for the lack of posting on my behalf….
Miami Basel and all the shenanigans that came with it got the best of me.
This is the second wall I completed during Basel in Wynwood. Located near the corner of NE 22nd st and North Miami ave. It was a challenging wall to paint with the amount of windows, here doors and other characteristics on the 2 storey building. It was a challenge to say the least. Buildings like this are attractive for me to paint as it makes me think how I can use these wall characteristics to my advantage. Here is the result:

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Nov 22, 2012

Coming soon to Miami 2012.

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Nov 6, 2012

Forever and Ever Dreamers – Numskull & Rone

This week i’m up in Sydney getting ready for Wonderwalls but Numskull and I were able to get this done as a bit of a warm up

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Oct 17, 2012

Pow Wow 2012

Finally there is a video that explains what Pow Wow is:

POW WOW HAWAII 2012: Part I from Pow Wow Hawaii on Vimeo.

POW WOW HAWAII 2012: Part II from Pow Wow Hawaii on Vimeo.

POW WOW HAWAII 2012: Part III from Pow Wow Hawaii on Vimeo.

Following up on an extremely successful showing in 2011, the multi-day POW WOW Hawai’i art event had its third annual showing in 2012. Originally conceived in Hong Kong, the event moved to Hawaii to help enrich the local creative scene. The event encompasses a global roster of over 50 local and international artists who created art at Loft in Space + Fresh Cafe and over the streets of Kaka’ako over a six-day period between February 13 to 18, 2012.
This first part in a three part series documents POW WOW Hawai’i 2012. Part 2 releases on Friday, Oct. 12th and part 3 comes out on Monday, Oct. 15th.
Directed & Edited by: Michael Inouye
Director of Photography: Vincent Ricafort

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Sep 22, 2012

Tutto Bene

I recently finshed painting this wall in Bovisa, sale Milano. Just before leaving to continue my journey to Amsterdam.
Please enjoy!

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Sep 5, 2012

Abandoned Chateau

I painted at this untouched abandoned Chateau at an undisclosed location somewhere in the countryside of France. Seriously beautiful setting. Its rare for me to be one of the first to a sweet spot. Usually I get there too late and everything’s been painted!

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Apr 30, 2012

Kid Zoom x Reka

After battling the elements for over a week, doctor Im happy to announce that I Just finished this collaborative wall with Kid Zoom in Prahran, Melbourne.
We decided to collaborate on a large side profile of one of my characters. Kid Zoom worked on the eye mask and the top row of the teeth, while I worked on the rest of the face. I’m amazed that the contrast of styles really compliment each other. – Reka

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Apr 16, 2012

Reka x Yok

I painted a wall with Yok from King Brown Magazine in Brooklyn NY late last year. He’s been screwing round with those mini go-pro cameras that take lime-lapse shots. It’s pretty ameture, but nice and raw. I like it.
- Reka


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Nov 7, 2011

No Trespassing

The Everfresh contribution for the Outpost Event at Cockatoo Island, cialis Sydney. More pics to come…

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Sep 29, 2009

The Vine interview

The Vine interviewed me recently to shed some light on the (now) completed NightCat wall in sunny Fitzroy.
Worth a read if your killing time.

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