A new exhibition of iron works and original paintings by Bob Dylan is set to open at London’s Halcyon Gallery on November 16.
‘Mood Swings’ will feature seven iron gates welded out of vintage iron by the legendary singer-songwriter, who, states a press release for the event, has had a “lifelong fascination with welding and metalwork.” Dylan comments: “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. Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow. 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, which will run until January 25, 2014, also features original silkscreen works on canvas by Dylan. President of the Halcyon Gallery, Paul Green, has said of the exhibition: “The forthcoming exhibition will be the most comprehensive and authoritative collection of Bob Dylan’s art to date. While Dylan has been a committed visual artist for more than four decades, this exhibition will cast new light on one of the world’s most important and influential cultural figures of our time. His iron works demonstrate his boundless creativity and talent. As these artworks are made at home, not on the road, they give us a rare glimpse into another part of the artist’s own personal universe.”
A series of Bob Dylan’s paintings are also currently on display at London’s National Portrait Gallery. The 12 pastel works are a mix of real and fictitious characters. ‘Bob Dylan: Face Value’ will be in the Contemporary Collection displays until January 5, 2014.
Bob Dylan’s welding skills have been reported previously in Uncut. In a 2011 interview in the magazine, David Stewart told us, “Jeff Rosen, who’s his publishing manager, was really laughing because Dylan very rarely responds to requests for this or that but… I bought this land with a friend in the woods in Jamaica and we were building this house and it had these broken down old stones and it had this bit where there could be a gate… and I sent a fax saying would Bob design these metal gates? And it came straight back – ‘I’m into it!’ He does metal welding, like sculptural, and he’s brilliant.”