Opening: ‘A Study of Eyes’ at Backwoods Gallery – Melbourne

Backwoods is hosting a group show of epic proportions (no pun intended). ‘A study of eyes’ sees the gallery group together some of the world’s best to examine the eye. If the last group show ‘A study of Hands’ is anything to go by, we recommend getting down to see this show. With a lineup like this, it’s bound to be amazing.

“A study of hands” group show
Opening: Friday, 6th December
Backwoods Gallery

AL STARK, ANTHONY LISTER, ASHLEY WOOD, DAVE KINSEY, HIROYASU TSURI, JAMES GREENAWAY, JAMES REKA, KID ZOOM, KOZY N DAN, MERDA, MISS VAN, SHOHEI OTOMO, STANISLAVA PINCHUK, STEPHEN IVES, USUGROW, YUSKE IMAI

Backwoods Gallery

Backwoods Gallery

Backwoods Gallery

Backwoods Gallery

Backwoods Gallery

Photos: Ian Strange “Suburban” at NGV – Melbourne

Ian Strange opened his show recently at the NGV to a huge crowd down in Melbourne, where he showcased his video installation, prints and some large scale abstract wood pieces which looked like chunks of houses neatly dissected. We’ve said it before, but Ian keeps going from strength to strength and consistently wows his Australian fans. As always, an amazing exhibition.

Mike D and Jedda sent us a handful of great images from the opening. If you’re in Melbourne, go see this show. Click below for the full set.

Ian Strange - The Opening Hours

Ian Strange - The Opening Hours

Ian Strange - The Opening Hours

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Opening: Ian Strange “Suburban” at the NGV

Tomorrow night is the opening of “Suburban”, the long awaited next body of work from Perth born, New York based artist Ian Strange (better known to most as Kid Zoom).

We’ve been seeing snippets of images, video and behind the scenes action recently and we’re super excited to see how it’s all going to come together. This is a major event for Ian and an even bigger event for his peers and the community he’s come from. To have a well established institution such as NGV host a young artist’s solo show is such a great thing. Don’t miss the opening!

More photos to come after the opening…

Ian Strange

Sneak Peek: Behind the scenes with Ian Strange for “Suburban”

In the lead up to the opening of “Suburban” at the NGV, Ian Strange (aka Kid Zoom) has released a handful of images and more importantly, a video of behind the scenes footage during the making of his new body of work. This is a massive step forward for Strange and promises to be a killer show. Read below for a full exhibition statement. For more info, visit the NGV’s website.

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.

Ian Strange

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.

Ian Strange

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.

Ian Strange

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.”

Ian Strange

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. Strange’s exploration of suburban experience articulates a distinctively Australian sensibility to a global audience.

Ian Strange

“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.”

Ian Strange

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

Ian Strange

Ian Strange

Ian Strange

Video: Kid Zoom “Suburban” at the National Gallery of Victoria – Melbourne

After Cockatoo Island (Outpost Festival), alot of people would have been asking themselves, “How is Kid Zoom (also known as Ian Strange) going to top that?”. Well, it looks like he has answered that with the announcement of his next solo exhibition, at The National Gallery of Victoria! This is a giant leap for the Perth raised, New York based artist, and something we’ll be keeping our eyes on up until the opening. Check out this video teaser below and stay tuned to his website here.

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

Ian Strange

Ian Strange

Ian Strange

Ian Strange

A Study of Hands at China Heights

Backwards Gallery brought ‘A Study of Hands’ up to Sydney last week to show at China Heights. The exhibition, curated by Alexander Mitchell, was a collection of leading contemporary artists and their interpretation of hands. This is the first in an exciting journey which will cover different study collections to be completed over the next ten years. With the aim of creating an historic archive of work completed by artists including Kid Zoom, Reka, Dave Kinsey, Anthony Lister and Twoone.

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Outpost Festival

Ok, so. There have been murmurs of a big street art / graffiti festival happening for the last few months and finally all the details have been released.

“OUTPOST” is the largest street art event to ever happen in Australia and will feature over 100 local and international artists. Presented by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust in association with aMBUSH Gallery it will be held on Cockatoo Island in Sydney, opening on the 4th of November.

The list of artists is quite a long one, and quite frankly, too long to type here so we’ll just name drop a few that we’re excited to see work from on the island: Everfresh, Lister, Ben Frost’s Past Modernism, Phibs & Co, Kid Zoom returns to Oz, Dmote, Numskull, Beastman, Jumbo, Roa, Ethos, Vexta, Minigraff, Zap, Will Coles, The full collection of Project Ugly,  Shida, Sync, Ghostpatrol, Secret Wars, Max Berry, Banksy?, Ears, and so many more….

Check out some more info on the project here.

Outpost

Outpost

Outpost

Outpost