Thursday, August 28, 2014

Art Exhibition: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)

It’s wild and explores the innovative resources of man’s mind. James Drake’s Anatomy of Drawing and Space delves into brain trash. Anything he can think of is drawn out and stuck on the wall. Some of the works are great pieces of sketch mastery while others leave you wondering what the author is really attempting to say. Anything goes when you are splattering your brain trash on the wall. 

The work is primarily unconscious in the sense that it allows any connection between concepts to be drawn out and displayed for public consumption. Some of the ideas are far out while others are closely akin to conventional drawing.  You will find a variety of themes in the collage and can even find unique orientations of the work if you take a step back to see the whole picture.

Running June 10th to September 21 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacobs building the exhibit offers ideas, innovation, life, and chaos spelled out in draftsman quality. The 1,242 drawings include creatures, animals, scientific formulas and deeply experienced emotions. The unconscious comes alive.

The display is a fairly accurate depiction of the process of innovation. To develop something new requires creative thinking and using multiple pathways to understand a concept. The standard approach is not the only approach and generally fails to keep up with the advent of change. 

Brainstorming is a process of letting anything goes in the understanding and solving of problems. The unconscious mind is that part of our existence that allows for the unique to come forward. Creative art, literature, poetry, and inspiration come from the neurophysiological factors of the aminergic-cholinergic brain chemistry that juices creative endeavors (Harle, 2011). James Drake’s Anatomy of Drawing and Space offers an opportunity to see how this operates first hand. 

General Admission $10
Seniors $5
Students 26 and over (with ID) $5
25 and under Free (with ID)
Military and their families Free (with ID)

1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard*
(between Broadway and B Street)
San Diego, CA 92101
858 454 3541

Harle, R. (2011). Creativity, chance and the role of the unconscious in the creation of original literature and art. Techneotic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, 8 (3).

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