Painted, illuminated, burned: the house as an artist’s canvas

30 Sep 2020

Painted, illuminated, burned: the house as an artist’s canvas

Walls, windows, volumes: an artist transforms suburban houses into works of art.

Get out of the box. The mantra has become this, the rule is not to follow rules. Everyone says it, but few actually succeed. Even if today everything seems to be available in a short time, the inspiration is not so easy to find, not the truly distinctive one.

This is also true in the world of furniture, where minimalism has flattened the environments, they all look the same and designed by a computer with essential logic.

The design is functional and rational, while to personalize a house you have to think more about the gut than the head. Going out of the box also means drawing on sources other than the mainstream ones: blogs, magazines, social networks … Perhaps it is better to look elsewhere, to the past, or even to other worlds.

Art is always there to counteract design and propose things with absolutely no practical purpose, personal and creative expressions, using any type of object or material.

The house as an art object

If the rooms of a house to be furnished are the canvas on which to paint, there are those who have tried to see things from another point of view. Australian artist Ian Strange knows how to explore different disciplines (photography, cinema, painting and sculptural installation) and investigates space and architecture, subverting the archetype of the domestic home.

True to his surname (‘Strange’, strange), with his ‘Suburban Intervention‘ exhibitions he transforms ordinary suburban homes into something unique and spectacular. It wraps them with large letters, makes them disappear by painting them completely black, sets them on fire or lights them from the inside out.

Una delle opere di Ian Strange
Fonte: ianstrange.com

Ian Strange uses the house as if it were a canvas, to express himself and experiment, outside the box. It is not the house that is filled and decorated, unchanging in its layout, but it is the very object of his art.

Metal sculptures worked on the floor

Who said that the artist’s canvas must be on an easel in front of him? Just as for Ian Strange the object of his art is a building, for a craftsman it can be the floor of his workshop.

This is how the UFO (Unconventional Frame Opera) metal sculptures were born, letting the aluminum flow on the rough ground in search of a casual and orderly shape at the same time.

ufo, the art side | mestolo con opera

UFO art objects are destined to enter homes as a disturbing element to all that reassuring but also a bit boring linearity, which needs a touch of creative personality.