Ian works as a mixed media artist with an emphasis on sculpture as a mode of critique and drawing as a language of communication. Ian’s practice is concerned with the creation self-isolated structures that are interconnected via the assemblage of various framing devices and languages of presentation. The language of his image making has its grounding in historical American traditions of minimalism and land-art movements and also in various industrial design disciples. Technical drawing techniques such as orthographic, point perspective, and CAD rendering are played with in the work by pulling them away from their role for the specific object. This relationship to both art and design can be characterised by the interplay of ‘value and function’ that he engages in. This interplay happens on a formal level within the creation of his images and externally from this as he develops, deconstructs and recreates established framing mechanisms and pedagogical structures as a mode of critique. The aim is to explore and critique the formal mechanisms of both communication and planning, by creating a formal language that is employed through differing material modes of presentation. As a dilapidated pedagogical structure, the blackboard is used as a device to work out, plan and communicate. This structure is tied up with the history of its use in education and it is this historical function that is implied through its employment within the work.