Drain's solo work has explored the bounds of sculpture via furniture, garment making, photography, collage and installation. Textiles have often provided conceptual and formal guidance in these explorations. Drain's work is typically bright and bold, often mixing knits and found materials in his sculpture; with Drain, fantasy finds form and form becomes the starting point for perceptual transformation. Drain often makes work collaboratively, first within the collective, Forcefield (1996-2002) and also with artists Elyse Allen, Ara Peterson and Ben Russell, respectively.
Drain graduated from RISD in 1998 with a BFA in sculpture. He is a former member of Forcefield, who was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial.
His solo exhibition I Wish I Had a Break (2005) and I Would Gnaw On My Hand (2007) were presented at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York. His work is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.