Workspace: Jim Drain


Workspace: Jim Drain

July 03, 2009
October 01, 2009

About the Exhibition

July 3, 2009 – October 1, 2009

Jim Drain
I will you Show You the Woe-Joy Man, 2009
Digital Collage
Courtesy the Artist

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to present I Will Show You The Woe-Joy Man, a multi-media installation by Miami-based artist Jim Drain. The latest in the museum’s WorkSpace series, Drain’s installation will feature a new series of video vignettes (some of which are currently being filmed in Austin with the help of local artists) showing mysterious performances amidst found objects, recycled equipment and building supplies. The videos will be arranged and screened in a dense sculptural environment that Drain has created in the gallery. Subjects ranging from sci-fi fantasy, ancient myths, philosophy, music, ruminations on architecture and survival, and the forests outside Berlin all inform what is sure to be a memorable new commission.


Jim Drain was born in 1975 in Cleveland and currently resides in Miami. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a BFA in sculpture in 1998. He was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and in the 7th Biennale d’art Contemporain de Lyon in France in 2003. Drain is a founding member of, and exhibits regularly with the artist collective, Forcefield. He is represented by Greene Naftali Gallery in New York City.

WorkSpace at the Blanton

WorkSpace showcases cutting-edge developments in the work of emerging and established contemporary artists on the museum’s second floor, serving as a coda to the modern and contemporary collection galleries. The exhibitions that result from these artistic investigations provide Blanton visitors ever-changing glimpses into the art of the present moment.

WorkSpace: Jim Drain is generously supported by the following members of the Blanton Contemporary Salon.

Contemporary Connoisseur

Melissa Jones, Jeanne and Michael Klein, and Alexa and Blaine Wesner

Contemporary Aficionado

Suzanne and David Booth, Michael Chesser, Amanda and Brad Nelsen, Chula Reynolds and Sophia Collier, Lora Reynolds and Quincy Lee, and Julie and John Thornton

Contemporary Devotee

Kristin and Steve Belt, Ellen and David Berman, Dan Bullock, Ann and Roy Butler, Sarah and Ernest Butler, Christie’s, David Cleaves and Jason Nichols, Fairfax Dorn, Cissie Ferguson, Jennifer E. Finlay, Minerva Gonzalez, Deborah Green, Margaret Hight and Paul Thompson, Barbara Horan, Nancy and John Hughes, Susie and Kenneth Jastrow, Milkshake, Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Don Mullins and Cameron Larson, Arturo Palacios, Pamela Quinn, Allen Reagan, John Robertson, and Cheryl and John Sauder

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