Last year, Drain expanded his practice in a new direction, with a literal manifestation of his textile-making activities: A limited-edition line of sweaters for the influential fashion boutique Opening Ceremony, woven with pixelated patterns evoking brain surfaces, data flows, hearts, and video-game bricks. “My motivation with the sweaters and the furniture is to make art that can also be seen as functional,” he explains. “But the question is, do I want to have a fashion label? No, I don’t, but I still love making these. And I feel like it’s artwork in the context of a fashion store — they’re all one size, my size, and they’re not friendly to a consumer in that way, so it’s sort of like take it or leave it. Making it difficult in that way is a good compromise.”
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Last year, Drain expanded his practice in a new direction, with a literal manifestation of his textile-making activities: A limited-edition line of sweaters for the influential fashion boutique Opening Ceremony, woven with pixelated patterns evoking brain surfaces, data flows, hearts, and video-game bricks. “My motivation with the sweaters and the furniture is to make art that can also be seen as functional,” he explains. “But the question is, do I want to have a fashion label? No, I don’t, but I still love making these. And I feel like it’s artwork in the context of a fashion store — they’re all one size, my size, and they’re not friendly to a consumer in that way, so it’s sort of like take it or leave it. Making it difficult in that way is a good compromise.”