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James Drake’s newest exhibit opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

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Imagine making a drawing every day for two years, James Drake committed himself to doing just that. The result is a massive collection of 1,242 drawings that come together to form the exhibit James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash). The exhibit debuts at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) at their downtown location, Thurs. July 10 and will be on display until Sept. 21, 2014.

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James Drake is an internationally acclaimed artist, who has been the recipient of many awards. Drake was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1946 and currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Throughout his 40-year career he has worked in many different mediums including drawing, photography, sculpture, video and installation art. He currently has work in permanent collections in over 30 museums.

Each of the 1,242 drawings is pinned to the wall and spans throughout the three major galleries of MCASD. The pieces are done in pencil, ink and charcoal and are done in a collage and stencil style. They feature a wide range of subject matter that includes wild animals, insects, anatomy of the body, scientific formulas, portraits and historical artists. Some of the drawings blend together, extending onto adjacent papers or mixing layering each other. James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) is broken up into chapters, and a chapter can fill a twenty-foot space on the wall. Together they come together to reflect Drake’s experience throughout his career and reflect his view on chaos, life and death, legacy and innovation.

Accompanying the exhibit is an artist book that has images of all 1,242 drawings accompanied by writings from physicist David C. Krakauer.

Admission to the museum is $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students (with ID) 26 and over, free for students under 25 (with ID), members and for military and their families. Admission is valid for seven days at all MCASD locations. The exhibit is located at the downtown location, which is open daily from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. at 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego CA.

For the opening night from 7 to 10 P.M. MCASD will host their event, Thursday Night Thing (TNT). TNT will celebrate Drake’s exhibit by offering a guided walk-through of the exhibit lead by Chief Curator Katheryn Kanjo and James Drake himself. Supporter level Members are invited from 6 to 7 P.M. for the chance to listen to a talk with Drake and Kanjo about the exhibit.

TNT will also feature food from food truck Tortally Tasty and $5 beers and $6 cocktails. Local rock bands Stone Horse and Gunner Gunner will be performing live throughout the night. Visitors will also be invited to create their own artwork, drawing inspiration from Drake’s exhibit and will be invited to pin their sketches to a designated spot on the museums wall.

TNT is only hosted three to four times a year to accompany the opening of new exhibits. The events will take place in the newly renovated North Plaza as well as inside MCASD. Admission to TNT is free for Members who will also receive a free Fat Cat beer, $8 for students and seniors and $10 for non-members.

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