Thursday 23 October 2014

Dylan show resurrects industrial US

Published 14/11/2013 | 15:06

Bob Dylan is making his name in the art world
One of Bob Dylan's iron works, Untitled VIII

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has "resurrected" the industrial America of his childhood in a new art exhibition of iron sculptures, paintings and bullet-riddled car doors.

The show, which also includes mocked-up covers of classic American magazines including Time and Playboy, has opened in London.

Dylan, who has sold more than 110 million records and played thousands of gigs in a career that has lasted more than half a century, made the iron works from bits of scrap and old tools.

The star, who began his career as the leading light of the early 1960s folk boom before embracing electric rock 'n' roll, grew up in Minnesota's iron range.

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."

The show at central London's Halcyon Gallery, called Bob Dylan Mood Swings, includes several large gates welded together by Dylan from scrap.

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 famously enigmatic Dylan was in Paris this week where he was presented with France's highest award, the Legion of Honour, and gallery president Paul Green said he expected him to "make an appearance here at some time".

The exhibition, which also includes paintings and car doors full of bullet holes hanging next to old newspaper reports about long-dead American gangsters including Pretty Boy Floyd and Machine Gun Kelly, runs until January 25.

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