Last chance for “Brain Trash”

It’s the last week to see James Drake’s breathtaking exhibit “Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)” at the Blanton Museum of Art. The exhibit closes Jan. 4.

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Photo by Laura Skelding/American-Statesman

Two years ago, the Texas-born Drake set himself the challenge of drawing every single day. He could draw whatever came to mind and as much as he wanted, but he never skipped a day of drawing.

Some 1,242 drawings — simply affixed with push pins — splay out across the museum walls tracing Drake’s stream of creative consciousness over two years.

Depictions of animals and landscapes overlap with scientific equations. The swirling clouds of a hurricane vortex sweep next to a neat axon-metric diagram of a mechanical system. Abstract Rorschach-like images give way to almost photo-realistic drawings of Drake’s family pictures.

“I don’t believe in an epiphany, a bolt coming down out of the sky and inspiring you,” Drake told the American-Statesman in October. “If you’re not working, you’re not creating.”

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Detail of James Drake’s “Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)”

“Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)”

Blanton Museum of Art, www.blantonmuseum.org

Museum hours: 10 a.m. t0 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Admission: $5-$9; free on Thursdays.

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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