AD 124 | Jesse Draxler
“On Process, Evolution, And Design”

Jesse Draxler was born in rural Wisconsin, studied in Minneapolis, MN, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. A formal mixed media & inter-disciplinary artist, Draxler has exhibited extensively both domestically and internationally and in 2018 released his first book, Misophonia, through Sacred Bones Records. His client list includes MCQ Alexander McQueen, The New York Times, Hugo Boss, Dita Eyewear, and The Atlantic. Draxler is also one of an upcoming three person exhibition opening at No Gallery in Los Angeles September 7th.

Show Notes:
  • Draxler's experiences moving to LA and living off-grid in Wisconsin
  • Definitions of success and personal growth
  • The effects of religious upbringings
  • Hardcore and metal bands offering rebellion against religion and aesthetic freedoms
  • How boxing, basketball, and running have offered growth in Draxler's creative process
  • The effects of expectations on the creative process
  • Draxler's reflection on the anniversary of his book “Misophonia”
  • Draxler's representation and upcoming show under Casey Gleghorn's No Gallery
  • Navigating the gallery experience
  • Exploring many mediums and Draxler's transition into taking his own collage material and using color in his art
  • Books and authors mentioned: Pema Chodron, Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey, short story collection Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck, Under the Skin by Michel Faber, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, Freedom from Anger by Alubomulle Sumanasara, Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Graphic novels mentioned: Upgrade Soul by Ezra Clayton Daniels, Ice Cream Man by W. Maxwell Prince, and Black Hole by Charles Burns

Posted 07.15.2019


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino