ian unusual turns houses into big gentle installations


‘PENUMBRA’: a spot between complete illumination and darkness


Main Australian up to date artist Ian Unusual has been commissioned to create ‘PENUMBRA’, a collection of main new gentle installations and pictures for the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial in Cincinnati, USA. Incorporating actual houses within the Ohio metropolis, the large-scale works have been arrange and captured by Unusual and his collaborators over two months, using dramatic, single-source lighting to light up and obscure the houses and neighborhoods.


The primary work, Ley Avenue, casts a single, monumental shadow of the house throughout the road and neighborhood, and the second, Walnut Avenue, transforms the residence into an excellent white silhouette of sunshine (created by meticulously wrapping the complete construction in a light-reflective materials generally used on avenue indicators).


The undertaking title, ‘PENUMBRA,’ refers to a partial or imperfect shadow outdoors its darkest level, a spot between complete illumination and darkness. Unusual’s two closing photographic works, introduced alongside analysis and archival histories of every dwelling, due to this fact replicate on the imperfect act of seeing the narratives of place and panorama and presenting the psychogeography of a house.

Ley Avenue, 2022, archival digital print (35.5 x 45”) | picture courtesy of Ian Unusual



ian unusual brings his new work to the 2022 fotofocus biennial 


The photographic undertaking and analysis premiered in ‘Disturbed Dwelling’, a brand new complete survey exhibition of the artist’s work on the Artwork Academy of Cincinnati for the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial, curated by Biennial inventive director and curator, Kevin Moore.


Moore writes,PENUMBRA displays on the present visible data and histories of neighborhoods, in addition to the results of environmental and financial situations on particular houses within the area. Unusual’s Cincinnati interventions and their photographic output supply interpretive documentation of the town’s home historical past by analyzing the altering fates of explicit neighborhoods, houses, and the populations who proceed to dwell there.’


PENUMBRA launches alongside Unusual’s new monograph, Ian Unusual: Disturbed Dwelling (Damiani 2022), edited and with essays by Kevin Moore and Britt Salvesen, curator, and head of the Wallis Annenberg Pictures Division and the Prints and Drawings Division on the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork (LACMA).

ian strange turns homes into giant light installations for 2022 fotofocus biennial
Walnut Avenue, 2022, archival digital print (35.5 x 45”) |  picture courtesy of Ian Unusual




ian strange penumbra
Ian Unusual and crew on web site making PENUMBRA, Cincinnati Ohio | picture © Asa Featherstone

ian strange penumbra
picture © Asa Featherstone

ian strange penumbra
Set up view: ‘Disturbed Dwelling’ exhibition | picture courtesy of Ian Unusual

ian strange penumbra
picture courtesy of Ian Unusual

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