Pleat Construction was first exhibited for "New American Voices II" at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) in Philadelphia. It was fabricated as part of FWM's Artist-in-Residence program.
The installation "Pleat Construction" established a structural language that began with two hand-loomed knit and embellished sweaters. The knit pleat in the sweaters informed the sculptural panel works. The sculptural panels include glass and wood free-standing panels, illuminated by the light assemblages, so as to mimic the language begun with the sweaters. Drain explains, "This was a new approach for making sculpture; instead of knit being used as an integrated sculpture material, in the FWM installation, the knit of the garment became the primary focus. It was a different methodology. It is one that isolates the sculptural elements within the installation into separate, distinct parts."
For the Project Room at the de la Cruz Collection, this process of assimilation will be taken a step further with the fabrication of a woven assemblage painting. In a way, this process is a telephone-game with form and material; one that utilizes the originating pleat to take sculpture and painting into new, unexpected places.
Jim Drain was born in Cleveland, Ohio 1975 and lives and works in Miami, Florida. Drain creates elaborate, colorful, mind-manifesting, and anthropomorphic sculptures. Of his practice, he says, "Knitting is like painting, looking at the shelf, you never know how the colors are going to work together in pattern, in texture, after being washed or fluffed or felted." He works in several different media such as comics, music, drawing and painting, video and performance. Drain received his BFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.