This Artist's Project Involves Literally Burning Down the House

By Paul Rosenfeld

In Suburban, the Australian-born artist Ian Strange teams up with a film crew (and presumably several local fire departments) to subvert and in some cases burn the common image of the American suburb. The project involves eight site-specific constructions in Ohio, Michigan, Alabama, New Jersey, New York, and New Hampshire. At each site Strange designs, paints, or burns an uncommon image into the house and the surrounding landscape. In this short film, Strange gives a preview of the project and discusses his own feelings about the work. The multimedia project combines design, photography and film to display an incredibly eerie and unusual portrait of suburbia. After two years of production, the final installation will debut at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia on July 26.

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