Pencil it in: James Drake’s ‘Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)’

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 20, 2014

Here’s what happens when an acclaimed artist — known for his virtuosic drafstmanship — sets himself the task of drawing every day for two years.

He produces an astonishing 1,242 individual drawings — of wild animals and landscapes, of human anatomy and mathematical formulas, and of classical art and family photographs.

James Drake’s “The Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)” is a sprawling installation of 1,242 drawings — each 19” × 24” — arranged into ten chapters and pinned directly to the gallery walls.

“The Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)” will be on view at the Blanton Museum of Art opening Oct. 19 and continuing through Jan. 4, 2015.

Drake’s stream-of-consciousness drawings range from prosaic observations of landscapes and animals to dream-like meditations on weighty themes such as order and chaos, life and death.

A Texas native now Santa Fe-based, Drake has long explored via his art the relationship of people and animals, particularity the animality of human behavior. Working across media in sculpture, video, installation, photography and drawing Drake’s art has been featured in the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennial, among other prestigious exhibitions.

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