22.07.13 by Jeff

“Suburban” by Ian Strange

Artist Ian Strange aka Kid Zoom

“Suburban”, a short film and photo series by Australian artist Ian Strange aka Kid Zoom. Watch a little preview of the film below, it looks fantastic!

Artist Ian Strange aka Kid Zoom

Artist Ian Strange aka Kid Zoom

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Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • miekachu

    As lovely as the execution is, the concept is not articulated well at all. This to me, looks like an artist’s selfish attempt at some thought provoking BS. I don’t understand throwing distaste toward people in the suburbs that likely have little control over their location; the sentiment of the film feels willfully ignorant as well as arrogant. Albeit, the imagery is beautiful, there is nothing truly compelling about watching some young rich ‘visionary’ driving down the property value of the american middle class suburb.

  • Aap39

    @d5ecfd478f0fd0d389f6f9c540d08d07:disqus
    I agree completely. Beyond everything that you mentioned, I was appalled that he burned several of the houses. It seems like a majorly polluting act, one irresponsible to the environment on the whole and insensitive to the other families in the neighborhoods he was using.

    Overall I think he could have finessed his idea and his method much more.

  • aman

    we have seen the best such works with more complete and clear concept by john pfahl and Jorge Rousse !

  • sealiagh

    Most likely, the houses that were burned were going to be tear downs anyway – modest homes that were going to be replaced by “McMansions” – and often such tear downs are used by the local fire departments for training before they new home is constructed – at least in my county in Northern Virginia, USA they are. Also, this is a vision of suburbia that is actually from a bygone area, these homes look older, like homes from my childhood (the ’60s) – the new suburbia is a place of mega-faux-mansions and I think that it would have been interesting to explore that: show the modest homes that fulfilled the dream 50+ years ago being torn down and replaced by monstrosities.

  • LaÑoña

    The final product, the art, is magnetic, and it does make you feel things. Dark feelings, strange feelings. But I think that is due more to the juxtaposition of the concept of suburbia and what the artist has (like everyone has mentioned) done to the homes and community, not from him exposing the melancholy of suburbia through painting houses the color violence. It feels more like witnessing rape than witnessing nudity.

    But maybe that’s the point.





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