The mesmerizing, “positive” lyric video for David Bowie‘s “I Can’t Give Everything Away” has been unveiled. The video was created by artist Jonathan Barnbrook, whose unique iconography and typeface are seen throughout the artwork of Bowie’s ★ (pronounced Blackstar).
Relying heavily on those symbols and Bowie’s own words, Barnbrook – who first began working with Bowie for 2002’s Heathen, a collaboration that also spanned the late singer’ Reality and The Next Day – creates a lasting visual experience for the track. After spending the majority of “I Can’t Give Everything Away” in hazy black and white, the video explodes into a galaxy of color for the outro of the last track on Bowie’s final LP, ending with an image of an astronaut drifting off into space.
“This is really a very simple little video that I wanted to be ultimately positive,” Barnbrook said in a statement. “We start off in black and white world of ★, but in the final chorus we move to brilliant color, I saw it as a celebration of David, to say that despite the adversity we face, the difficult things that happen such as David’s passing, that human beings are naturally positive, they look forward and can take the good from the past and use it as something to help with the present. We are a naturally optimistic species and we celebrate the good that we are given.”