OCTOBER 16, 2010-FEBRUARY 20, 2011

James Drake {A Thousand Tongues Burn & Sing}

James Drake, “Exit Juarez”, 2007, 
Charcoal, tape, misc. items on paper, 100″ x 86″



– James Drake

October 16, 2010 – February 20, 2011

James Drake’s videos, drawings, sculptures, poetry, and installations reflect his understanding of Man’s place in nature and the presumptions and the psychological struggle that often result in tragedy.  In his works of art, James Drake’s personal journey across the harsh desert of self-reflection reveals the starkness of the political and social unrest afflicting Man.  The Trophy Room installation powerfully expresses that violence is symptomatic of the duality between animality and humanity. The series Exit Juarez addresses Drake’s concern over the hardships and violence in the border towns of El Paso and Juarez. Included in the exhibition are two charcoal drawings titled A Thousand Tongues Burn and Sing dealing with language, that is, the ability it possesses to both separate and unify.

Born in Lubbock, Texas in 1946, James Drake spent his early years in Guatemala, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.  He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He has been included in many exhibitions, both solo and group, most notably the Whitney Biennial 2000, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the 52nd International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy in 2007.
James Drake’s Bio << click here (.pdf file)

James Drake, “Red Gabriella”, 2010, Pastel on paper

James Drake, “A Thousand Tongues Burn & Sing”, Installation view Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 2011

James Drake, “Trophy Room”, 1982, fabricated Steel, 120” x 144” x 192”

James Drake, “Tongue-Cut Sparrows”, 2007, 2 channel video, installation photo

James Drake, “A Thousand Tongues Burn and Sing”, 1995, nickel-plated steel (nineteen pieces), dimensions vary

James Drake, “The Dog That Killed the Dog”, 2009, Graphite on hand-cut paper

James Drake, “M – 16”, 1990, steel, charcoal on paper, gold leaf, shelf: 120” x 60” x 20”, drawing: 66’ x 44” (on the shelf) “Golden Gun”, 1997, steel, gold leaf, 33” x 12’ x 3”

James Drake, “Stroll in Alameda Park”, 1989, Steel, wood, roofing fabric, pastel on paper

James Drake, “Avenida Juarez”, 1989, Steel, wood, roofing fabric, pastel on paper

James Drake, “Heart of Gold” (Dressing Table), 1989, steel, charcoal on paper, cast bronze, gold leaf, dimensions vary

James Drake, “Artificial Life in the Valley of the World”, 1994, automobile Engine, python snakeskin, 84” x 24” x 22”

James Drake, “Red Nest”, 2010, Pastel on paper