Ian’s most recognizable and shared works of late are giant rake designs done on beaches in California. By utilizing the smooth surface where the tide has receded, a unique type of ephemeral and impermanent art form thrives. Ian believes that the tool itself, the rake, can become a powerful vehicle for the creation of art worldwide. Rake artwork requires no materials, and the tool itself could be fashioned from a tree branch.
Ian has been conducting tests during 2015 raking under tree canopies, in vacant gravel lots, and otherwise neglected or ignored parts of urban landscapes that can become valuable when activated using this technique. He plans to begin working with living forms and combining the three surfaces, vertical, spacial and horizontal into a new type of art installation in early 2016.