Craig Drennen

Craig Drennen is Awful

May 9 - June 14, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, May 9, 7 - 10pm


Before Arcade Fire’s Reflektor video or Michael Fassbender’s Frank, there was Craig Drennen with prosthetic head and guitar. Drennen has performed versions of his “AWFUL” piece at Socrates Sculpture Park (Awful Outside, 2011), during Atlanta’s FLUX Night performance festival (1-Hour Awful for Apemantus, 2011), and at the openings for his own exhibitions (Awful Inside Saltworks, 2012; Awful Inside Florida Mining, 2014; and Awful Inside Samsøñ, 2014).

Craig Drennen’s solo exhibition “Craig Drennen Is Awful” opens at helper on May 9, 2015. This exhibition will feature the performance Awful Inside helper on opening night, with two simultaneous performers, two drawings, and additional ephemera. Props from the performances will be altered and installed as components of an installation that will continue for the duration of the exhibition. An unlimited t-shirt edition will be available to selected viewers. This exhibition is the latest iteration of Drennen’s ongoing intervention into Timon of Athens, the only play by Shakespeare not performed in his lifetime.

Craig Drennen is an artist based in Atlanta, GA. He is represented by Samsøñ gallery in Boston and Saltworks in Atlanta. He has shown in the VoltaBasel art fair in Basel, Switzerland, the MACO art fair in Mexico City, the NEXT art fair in Chicago, and the Untitled art fair in Miami. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times. He teaches at Georgia State University, served as dean of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and is on the board of Art Papers magazine. Since 2008 he has organized his studio practice around Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens.