Jim Drain, “Utopia Muscle”

Jim Drain is a master collaborator. A member of fondly remembered Providence collective Forcefield and a cofounder of artist-run Miami gallery Bas Fisher Invitational, Drain has also worked on several public projects, including an installation for the Moroccan embassy that he produced with students from the Rhode Island School of Design.
“Utopia Muscle” (the title comes from novelist Junot Díaz’s conjoining of optimism and activism) features an array of casually flamboyant sculptures made from multicolored, multitextured agglomerations of material, including ribbon, rope, twine, Plexiglas, chicken wire and recycled clothes. Interspersed between these looming, shaggy forms are the painted stones of an equally eccentric “rock garden,” embellished with glitter, fabric scraps and plastic toys to create tiny dioramas. Three jewel-like paintings round out the show, among them Jazz Kills Nazis in the Peaceable Kingdom; as far as propositions go, the idea of music defeating fascism sounds like a good one to me.
Venue name: Nathalie Karg Gallery
VENUE Address: 291 Grand St New York City
Cross street: between Allen and Eldridge Sts

Opening hours: Wed–Sun 11am–6pm

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