Jim Drain

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Jim Drain (born 1975) is an American artist.

Drain's solo sculpture work has explored the bounds of sculpture via furniture, garment making and installation. Textiles have often provided conceptual and formal guidance in these explorations. Drain often uses a mix of knits and found material within his sculptures. Typically bright and bold, Drain uses color and pattern to find a dream-like place; it is one where material and form become the starting point for perceptual transformation. Drain makes work collaboratively, first within the collective, Forcefield (1996-2002) and also with artists Elyse Allen], Ara Peterson and Ben Russell, respectively.

Life and work[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

He was the 2005 recipient of the Bâloise Prize.[3]


  1. ^ WUNDERGROUND: Providence, 1995 to the present
  2. ^ moma.org
  3. ^ Christine Temin, Knitting his way to the top, The Boston Globe, June 26, 2005.

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