Everyone Knows this is Nowhere
Commissioned by Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2007), this was a collaborative project with Gordon Dalton, based around a road-trip from Los Angeles to Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho, in an attempt to track down the site of Evel Knievel’s failed ‘Snake River Canyon Jump’.
The exhibition took the form of an installation in the gallery including large-scale bleachers (American stadium style seating), projected video, fly-posters and a promotional poster produced by Hatch Show Print of Nashville, Tennessee. Hatch are America’s oldest working print shop, established in 1879, and have produced posters for the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis and The Grand Ole Opry.
The show was very much a sum of its parts; the nostalgia, the futility, the trip in to the Wild West, the posters, the bleachers, the film, the stunts. A dialogue around our positioning to American cultural and political history, through a ridiculous pilgrimage to engage with an impossible dream and the inevitable crash down to earth that this entails, both physically and aspirationally.
Below is the full video from the exhibition.