Bob Dylan Goes Metal – Mood Swings at the Halcyon Gallery
14 November 2013 § Leave a comment
Opening today at the Halcyon Gallery Mood Swings is Bob Dylan’s latest foray in to the visual arts. It seems that he is now a sculptural artist, adding to his previous output of graphic prints – unkind observers might call it ‘colouring-in’ – with an exhibition of iron gates, objects and car doors.
These gates and other objects are apparently the outcome of the artist’s ‘lifelong fascination with welding and metalwork’, a fascination that has taken some 72 years to become known to the world at large. To be fair it seems that he did have at least some involvement with the production of the works as he has been pictured gamely in (strangely clean) white overalls plunging some iron into a brazier and arranging sundry iron objects including tools, chain and scrap metal, on a studio floor. Then again if you are Bob Dylan you can of course do what you want!
The work purports to show Dylan’s background and an association with the history of the industrial heartlands of the USA. Having been brought up on Minnesota iron lands he said: “I’ve been around iron all my life ever since I was a kid. I was born and raised in iron ore country – where you could breathe it and smell it every day. And I’ve always worked with it in one form or another.”
He said the gates appealed because of “the negative space they allow”, adding: “They can be closed but at the same time they allow the seasons and breezes to enter and flow. They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways there is no difference.”
The exhibition also includes paintings and riddled with bullet holes riddled car doors, each named after depression era rogue like Al Capone. Alongside are pastiche covers of iconic magazines such as Life and Rolling Stone.
The works are competent and of passing interest but it is plain to see that they quite simply wouldn’t be here if Dylan was not the musical icon that he is justly considered. They are an improvement on the dreadful Drawn Blank series, which you can check out on Ebay if you want to buy one or perhaps see how Dylan’s works rate as a potential investment. Unless you tend to use Bond Street for casual shopping forays perhaps needing some extra decor for one of the rooms in the east wing (or a new garden gate at £35k) this is for curiosity only.
Bob Dylan Mood Swings runs at the Halcyon Gallery until 25 January 2014.
- Hey, Did You Know Bob Dylan Is A Steampunk Metalworker? (gizmodo.com)
- Bob Dylan is a welder and he makes big iron gates out of scrap metal [5 pictures] (twentytwowords.com)
- Bob Dylan’s homemade iron gates to go on display at London’s Halcyon Gallery (dailymail.co.uk)
- Metal master: Bob Dylan’s iron gates on show (metronews.ca)
- Bob Dylan’s move into heavy metal (telegraph.co.uk)
- Bob Dylan’s Iron Handiwork To Go On Display In London (contactmusic.com)
- Dylan show resurrects industrial US (independent.ie)
- Bob Dylan Receives French Legion of Honor (rollingstone.com)