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Monday, April 26, 2010

EXHIBIT: "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" - A sense of direction in the middle of Nowhere

Jeremy Drummond's "Culture/Whitewash (Spring Melt)"
From "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" Exhibit
McLean Project For The Arts And Ada Gallery, Virginia

Does anybody really know this is nowhere?

Or where somewhere is?

From The Washington Post: A sense of direction in the middle of 'Nowhere' by Jessica Dawson:
How perfect: a show about the suburbs, in the suburbs.

McLean Project for the Arts hosts Canadian-born, Richmond-based artist Jeremy Drummond's wry chronicles of cul-de-sacs and prefab homes. Drummond skips the easy anti-suburb critique in favor of more piquant offerings in a show called "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere." Included in the exhibition is a photo essay of foreclosed homes in Delaware, which he gives the Bernd and Hilla Becher treatment (Drummond documents, he doesn't judge). Still, this subject matter has been tilled before.

What lodged in my brain was Drummond's "Street Signs" series. These four-foot-across aluminum panels boast close-up photographs (printed onto die-cut decals) of suburban street signs that Drummond spotted during long drives. Some of the he-swears-he-didn't-make-them-up intersections: the corner of Culture Crescent and Whitewash Way, the intersection of Fidelity Avenue and Honeymoon Drive.

"Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere"
finds Drummond striving to subvert the suburbs' Stepford Wives reputation. But the artist's point might be stronger if he included portraits of the area's inhabitants or clues to the complexities of its population. As it stands, Drummond's open-endedness still allows us our prejudices.
More on why Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Neil Young's Albums in Order.


At 4/26/2010 01:01:00 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

Wow another liberal slant from the Wasington Post on any and all things cultural/political/whatever - I'm so surprised. I'm also surprised that the "artist" didn't include pictures of the inhabitants so he could make broad sweeping generalizations about them as well. Come on Thrasher - it's a bit of a stretch to put this one up, isn't it?

At 4/26/2010 01:42:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

So let me get this straight.

You're saying a post on an exhibit titled EKTIN is a stretch? How so?

At 4/26/2010 02:00:00 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

No - the title alone is enough to warrant posting I guess - I retract my "stretch" comment.

At 4/27/2010 06:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Can't we all just get along?"

-Rodney King, 1992

At 4/27/2010 07:36:00 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

I took it back already. My initial comment was an off the cuff response when I was in a bad mood.

I love Thrasher's site. And I love Neil more. Period.

At 4/27/2010 09:45:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

We're cool. Thanks.

At 4/27/2010 09:55:00 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

Thank you - I hope you got decent seats for DAR - I never go into D.C. much so I don't even know where any decent bars are nearby to hang at before the show

At 4/27/2010 10:06:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

RWe'll be at the Exchange
.I'll post details later

At 4/28/2010 03:32:00 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said...

That's cool - for the 2007 DAR show (which was one week before Thanksgiving - dark and cold) I sat in my car nervously drinking a six pack because I was afraid my truck would get towed if I left it alone prior to 7:00. I'm such a Virginia suburbanite - only Neil and Pearl Jam motivate me to head into D.C. Thanks again Thrasher - peace.

At 4/28/2010 03:37:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...


That's funny about being a DC avoider.Must be the bridges?!

Anyways, the pre-show plan is the Exchange @ 1719 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 · 202.393.4690

More later


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