Damien Drew

Damien Drew is an Art Director and Production Designer 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.

damien_drew_1

damien_drew_2

damien_drew_3

Everywhere was Wherever

‘Everywhere was Wherever’ presents a series of images captured in an 18-day 6000 mile 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.

damien_drew_4

damien_drew_5

damien_drew_6

damien_drew_7

damien_drew_8

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. In photographer Jeff Brouw’s monograph ‘Approaching Nowhere’ William L. Fox writes; “the vernacular was in peril. Everywhere was wherever and there is no escaping it”.

damien_drew_9

damien_drew_10

damien_drew_11

damien_drew_12

damien_drew_13

damien_drew_14

damien_drew_15

As part of his first solo show, Drew published ‘Everywhere was Wherever’ as an edition of 60 signed copies.  He still has a few artist signed (un-editioned) copies available, which can be purchased here.

To view more of Damien’s work please visit his website.



Let's Get Physical!

If you didn’t know, we print limited edition artist monographs and magazines. Check out our SHOP! Help us get our publications near you. We are looking for new retail locations to stock Aint–Bad. If you know of a shop in your area that supports independent publishers, suggest them below!


1 Comment

  1. Composition is too boringly central. In one or two shots that would be fine, but it just makes the landscape look two dimensional.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.