Steven Lojewski - Boulevard of Dreams
Exhibition: 19 November to 20 December, 2003
The images in Boulevard of Dreams by Steven Lojewski feature the sort of vistas that may not catch your eye as you drive through urban streets. He works like a modern day flâneur, walking down the same streets that most drive, unhurried, an observer rather than a participant.
The views he presents, such as a lone figure in an office at dusk or the angles and tones of a inner city freeway, are made from a pedestrian's point of view and show attention to the often overlooked details of structures and artefacts that make up our urban environment. People, when they are depicted are small and anonymous - like figures in an architectural model, overwhelmed by their surroundings. Even nature, when it makes an appearance, is consumed by architecture. The scenes depicted seem reminiscent of those from a Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett novel.
Lojewski depicts both the architectural and social landscape of the city. He suggests both the physical (boulevards) and the emotional (dreams) with a meticulous eye for composition and colour. The large-scale pigment prints allow for contemplation of the minutiae within the scenes.
Regardless of subject matter, Lojewski's work is always about photographic vision, about how the world presents itself through a camera lens. His images show delight in bizarre conjunctions, subtle detail and he has a longstanding fascination with the spatial ambiguity of the photographic plane.