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Black Eye Gallery is proud to present award winning Art Director Damien Drew’s first solo photographic exhibition Everywhere was Wherever.

‘Everywhere was Wherever’ presents a series of images captured in an 18-day motorcycle trip across the USA. Drew’s singular experience has generated a unique perspective from the American road. Anonymous remnant facades replace the familiar and romantic portrayal of roadside Americana. Like locations for a yet to be made film, these lonely edifices sit incomplete yet interchangeable. Evidenced in these images is a search for both personal and geographical identity. Drew speaks of every intersection presenting a choice, yet every destination feeling the same. These buildings stand as witnesses to the transient and rootless. The road is a lonely place where almost everybody seems lost.

These images ask us to pay attention to scenes and details habitually passed over, presenting beauty in unlikely places. With the outward expansion and relentless franchising of roadside America there is a loss of place and texture. Drew notes the lament of America’s decent into ‘placelessness’ in Howard Kunstler’s ‘The Geography of Nowhere’. It is a country transformed from vital places and communities to a land where every place is no place in particular.

Damien Drew is also an Art Director whose feature film credits include Ridley Scott’s forthcoming Alien Covenant, The Great Gatsby, Superman Returns, Star Wars and The Matrix films. He studied Architecture at UNSW in Sydney and his passion for place making and visual story telling is clear and concise. With a humble nod to great documentary image-makers such as Jeff Brouws, Ed Ruscha and Walker Evans this is a personal moment in time.


For all enquires please contact Tom Evangelidis at Black Eye Gallery:

E: tom@blackeyegallery.com.au

This exhibition was shown from 2 – 21 June 2015