In honor of our People Issue, which will hit newsstands and computer screens November 25, Cultist proudly presents "100 Creatives," where we feature Miami's cultural superheroes in random order. Have suggestions for future profiles? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the whos and whys.
70. Jim Drain
Artist Jim Drain's unique work has showed in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Beijing and Basel -- locales that are quite a ways from his beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio and Providence, Rhode Island. The crux of his work is his unique sculptures, melding knitted textiles
and reworked, found furniture. Drain has found his contemporary art
world-niche by putting these sculptures into larger societal contexts
via his self-admitted nerdy fascinations (example: Atari-inspired
Drain was born in Cleveland and received his BFA in Sculpture from the
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1998. He was a member of the
Forcefield Collective (associated with the Fort Thunder Warehouse in
Providence) who exhibited at the Whitney Biennial in 2002, but went solo
after the group disbanded. His work has broken through the thin wall
dividing underground artists and those lifted high onto the Art Basel
platform. He exhibited with New York-based Greene Naftali in 2005 for
Art Basel: Statements with I Wish I Had A Break. And the ultimate honor has already been bestowed, with three works now in The Collection at The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
This year, Drain has (almost simultaneously) completed a handful of Miami projects, including "Saturday's Ransom" at Locust Projects and a vinyl wrap surrounding the 41 Street lot adjacent to the De La Cruz Collection
will debut next week alongside a special installation inside the
world-renowned collection, itself.
1. List five things that inspire you.
-Grainger leveling mounds (a specific grinding tool to level out tables, chairs, etc.)
quilts or blankets (also called Germantown Navajo Rugs, they were first
seen in the 1880's when the Navajo nation used U.S. Navy-grade dyed
wool yarn to manufacture brightly colored rugs.)
-Ground flax seeds
-New Balance shoes (any wide shoe)
2. What was your last big project?
"Saturday's Ransom." I've been working on it since February. It's been the main focus this entire year.
3. What's your next big project?
vinyl wrap around the 41 Street lot next to De La Cruz will go up on
the 28 and the 29. The sculpture inside the De La Cruz Collection will
be completed by Thanksgiving.
4. Why do you do what you do?
Because otherwise I'd be in jail.
5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?
Handforth and Dara Freedman talked about being in Miami before the art
fair started, and they wanted to get away from people. The nature and
the beaches [here] are amazing, and whether they, themselves,
participated in all of it didn't really matter. For me, being in a place
to think, being in a very existential place. I would want people to
know, essentially, nothing about me. Being in Miami, I guess I would
want people to know I have a deeper engagement with art here. I want
people to know that I really like to wear Speedos to the beach.
What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?
I don't want people to know about my secret man crush: P. Scott Cunningham.
The Creatives so far:
Tarell Alvin McCraney
Allen Charles Klein
Nektar de Stagni
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