“I’ve been around iron all my life, ever since I was a kid,” Dylan said. “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.”
Titled “Mood Swings,” the exhibit will open at Halcyon – which previously housed a collection of sketches and drawings by the singer and songwriter – on November 16th and run through January 25th, 2014. A wide array of Dylan’s recent metal works will be on display, but in particular the exhibit will showcase seven gates made from vintage iron and scrap metal and decorated with objects including wrenches and meat grinders to a treble clef and guitar.
“Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow,” Dylan said. “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.”
“Mood Swings” will also include other welded works and a new collection of silkscreen paintings. Every piece in the exhibit will be up for sale, too. “His iron works demonstrate his boundless creativity and talent,” said Paul Green, president of the Halcyon Gallery. “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.”
The ironworks exhibit will come on the heels of another fruitful non-musical endeavor for Dylan: The National Portrait Gallery in London recently dedicated a new exhibition to Dylan’s portrait paintings called “Bob Dylan: Face Value.” The museum said his works “represent characters, with an amalgamation of features Dylan has collected from life, memory and his imagination and fashioned into people, some real and some fictitious.”