Thursday, September 06, 2007

Check it out: Jim Drain

Fort Thunder alum Jim Drain’s second New York solo exhibition is up at Greene Naftali Gallery. The show appears to be some crazy meditation on Iggy Pop (“his animalistic energy and pop cliché”) in sculptures, collages, photographs, a net, wallpaper and “toilet seat furniture.”

Drain, who now lives in Miami, produced amazing posters, comics and costumes while in Providence. He has since won acclaim for his psychedelic-tribal-style knit, sewn and beaded abstract sculptures. For the RISD Museum’s “Wunderground” exhibit last year, he produced "Vertical Faces with Sculpture and Totem Pole," a beaded zigzag-striped shrine-installation incorporating a century-old Native American totem pole from the museum's collection.

In this new show, Greene Naftali’s highfalutin’ press release explains, “Drain continues his merger of psychedelic formalism with the irreverent critique of pop culture common to subcultural art. By pushing these styles to their extremes, he denotes the hallucinogenic character of the international consumer world and its affect on human bodies.”

Jim Drain, “I Would Gnaw On My Hand,” Greene Naftali Gallery, 508 West 26th St., New York, Sept. 4 to Oct. 13, 2007.

Pictured from top to bottom: “iii open iii closed,” 2007, mixed media sculpture, and two untitled 2007 collages.


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