El Paso, TX
The EPMA presents a recent exciting body of work by James Drake, an artist with El Paso connections who has several works in the EPMA collection, and who has garnered international acclaim and is now based in Santa Fe. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) is the culmination of two years of active creation revisiting and reinventing imagery from throughout the artist’s forty-year career. In 2012, Drake committed himself to drawing every day. The resulting 1,000+ drawings are tacked together directly on the wall to make up wall-sized “chapters,” so that the work can be appreciated as monumental compositional ensembles and also individually sheet by sheet. The artist’s diverse images range from wild animals to scientific formulae and from personal portraits to art historical figures, a variety that is complemented by his array of drawing materials as well as by his diversity of stylistic approaches and poetic or deadpan moods.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website