When asked where he
hopes the works he’s most passionate about will ultimately live, Drew laughs
and replies, “right here in the studio.” We’re surrounded by giant structures,
made primarily from wood, many of which seem too large to ever leave. “Usually
I’m rotating seven things at a time, just to sort of keep the juices flowing,
keep the ideas going,” he explains. Drew is known for reworking and recycling
his pieces, keeping certain works in a constant state of incompletion. “They call
it cannibalism, I just take old work and turn it into new work,” he offers.
“There’s always layering that happens because life is going on so you’re
layering things that you’re experiencing ... It just keeps perpetuating itself.
So there’s never a moment where there’s anything that’s unsuccessful. It’s just
that it’s continuing on.” Exhibitions keep the artist on track and propel him
to bring works to a state of completion. “The work has to be shown, so you have
to finish. So that’s the reality,” he reasons. “It’s like the kid that’s still
in the backyard and he’s like, ‘I’m still playing, man!’ It’s like, ‘I’m not
ready to come in yet.’ You get called in for the next exhibition.”