James Drake: White Cut-Outs and Red Drawings


EXHIBITION DATES: October 1 – 29, 2011

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 1st, 6 – 9 pm (in conjunction with Art for Art’s Sake)

LOCATION: Arthur Roger@434, 434 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

CONTACT INFO: 504.522.1999. www.arthurrogergallery.com
The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present “White Cut-Outs and Red Drawings,” an exhibition of cut paper and mixed media drawings by James Drake. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger@434, located at 434 Julia Street, from October 1st – 29th, 2011. The gallery will host an opening reception to meet the artist on Saturday, October 1st, from 6 to 9 pm in conjunction with “Art for Art’s Sake.

James Drake’s career has spanned more than 30 years and includes work in many different media including drawings, sculpture, video and installation. He is renowned for his superb draftsmanship. Drake’s recent “White Cut-Outs” are studies in composition and subtraction. The artist creates them by cutting the paper with an X-Acto blade. The elegant works are the product of complicated fabrication and technical expertise. Their impact is related to both the shadows they cast and their drawn line.

Mirror Insects, 1976.

The tone of Drake’s “Red Drawings” is complicated and political. The intensity and saturation of red chalk infuses the drawings with a different line and character.

James Drake was born in Lubbock, TX in 1946. He received his BFA in 1969 and MFA in 1970 from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, CA. Drake has presented his figurative narrative art internationally and has received critical praise for his dramatic steel sculptures, drawings and video installations. His vocabulary of images relates to art history, weaponry, the fine line between savagery and civilization, and life on the densely populated bilingual Juarez-El Paso border.

Drake’s work is in the permanent collection of over 30 museums, including the Albright-Knox Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. In 2000 his work was included in the Whitney Biennial. Drake is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants.

For additional information please contact the gallery at 504.522.1999 or visit our Web site at www.arthurrogergallery.com.