Jim Drain, Bench, 2010
Next on my list was the De La Cruz Collection, but on the walk there in the blistering sunshine, I came across more Jim Drain—an outdoor public piece of vinyl measuring 455 feet long and titled "Small Reprieve." Installed on a fence in the Design District, the work was inspired by the melted-crayon drawings Drain used to make growing up. Drain teamed up with students from the Design and Architecture Senior High School to produce the melted crayon drawings that when collaged together mimic stained glass church windows. Attached to the façade of an empty parking lot, the way the sunlight hit and played with the vinyl was pretty spectacular.
Jim Drain, Small Reprieve, 2010
I finally made it into the de la Cruz three-story, 30,000 square- foot building to see the latest acquisitions and to find out what would be on their annual "Hot" list. Art darlings such as Kelley Walker, Sterling Ruby, Isa Genzken, Nate Lowman and Rachel Harrison were displayed alongside more permanent installations by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Ana Mendieta.
Isa Genzken, Disco Soon (Ground Zero), 2008
Sterling Ruby, Monumental Stalagmite/CDCSHIV, 2010
Nate Lowman, Pink Escalade, 2005
—Adam Shopkorn, isitartorfart.com