James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) Chapters 4, 6, 8

James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) Chapters 4, 6 and 8

11 July – 30 August 2015

In 2012, James Drake made a commitment to draw every day for two years. The resulting 1,242 images (depicting nature, science, human anatomy, as well as scientific formulas, poetry and classical art) are arranged in a total of ten chapters, three of which are presented at Lannan.

Opening Reception with the Artist Saturday 11 July from 5 to 7pm

Artist Talk: Wednesday 5 August at 7pm Lensic Performing Arts Center FREE
James Drake and Dr. David Krakauer, President Santa Fe Institute

Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5pm or by appointment

Lannan Foundation Gallery
309 Read Street, Santa Fe, NM
Tel. 505.954.5149

james drake, detail, anatomy of drawing and space, (brain trash) chapter 4

Image: James Drake, Detail, Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash), Chapter 4

About the Exhibition:

James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) is the result of a two year commitment on the artist’s part to making at least one drawing every day. The resulting 1,242 drawings, each numbered in a chronological progression, take the viewer on a trip through the artist’s mind, with musings on topics from architecture to space travel, scientific formulas to poetry, and from artworks by masters from centuries past to the elaborate sign language of prison inmates and their visitors in El Paso, Texas, today.

Broken down into ten chapters, the drawings either function independently or are massed together to create a huge image, such as a crow, a flying skeleton, a gathering storm or a voluptuous female nude. Insects and animals feature prominently, with spiders and crows making repeat appearances. Phrases and words are presented in elaborate scripts or classical lettering, sharing a poetic message such as, “Can we know the sound of forgiveness,” or a simple word like “patience.” Death and violence are represented with skulls and weapons, even of mass destruction, while life is celebrated throughout, often in heartening portraits of friends and loved ones.

Merging the two seamlessly, Drake’s overall montage reminds us of life’s both dramatic and mundane beauty, and that wonder and awe should never wane.

Christie Davis, Lannan Director of Art & Public Programs

View James Drake’s bio on Lannan.org.


Click on the artwork to view enlarged versions.

Chapter 4:
Image: James Drake, Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) Chapter 4
Mixed media on paper, 160 drawings, each 19 x 24 inches.
Courtesy of the Artist.
james drake, chapter 4, foldout, thumbnail

Chapter 6:
Image: James Drake, Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) Chapter 6
Mixed media on paper, 126 drawings, each 19 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the Artist.
james drake, chapter 6 foldout, thumbnail

Chapter 8:
Image: James Drake, Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) Chapter 8
Mixed media on paper, 77 drawings, each 19 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the Artist.
james drake, chapter 8 foldout, thumbnail