Ian Strange transforms Christchurch earthquake zone - Art Collector

Ian Strange, Untitled House 1, 2013, archival digital print, installation view of Final Act, 2013. Courtesy: the artist, Jedda Andrews and the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch

29 January 2014 | Australian artist Ian Strange, also known by his street art moniker Kid Zoom, is continuing his exploration of the social and emotional icon of the home with Final Act, a new project based around four suburban homes located in an area of Christchurch deemed too dangerous to re-inhabit after the devastating 2011 earthquake.

This project saw Strange collaborate with acclaimed New Zealand cinematographer Alun Bollinger (who worked on
The Lord of the Rings trilogy) alongside local residents, community groups and volunteers to produce light-based installation artworks in the foundations of four homes scheduled for demolition by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

The homes were first restored to a structurally sound state, complete with righted fences and mowed lawns. Geometric shapes were then cut in to the homes. They were lit from the inside during early dawn hours, signifying the life that had previously inhabited them, then filmed and photographed.

Strange's previous project
Suburban, which documents eight site-specific installations in suburban homes across the United States, premiered as a solo exhibition in the National Gallery of Victoria mid last year.

Final Act consists of six large scale photographic works, a 12 minute looped film installation and two cross sections cut directly from the houses. It is on display at the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch until 23 March 2014.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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