Bob Dylan’s metal-work sculpture exhibition

Bob Dylan’s metal-work sculpture exhibition

I know, Bob Dylan is a musician, but it seems musicians can be anything else too these days, and Bob has certainly shown us that you can use the artist in you to create art in other ways.

Most of the new exhibits are metal gates.

“Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow,” says Dylan in the gallery brochure. “They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways there is no difference.”

Spanners and axes

The gates are made of scrap metal items including spanners, chains, car parts and axes. Some also have musical motifs, such as a treble clef or a guitar.

Each contains a small metal buffalo, marked with the sign Black Buffalo Iron Works, followed by Dylan’s signature.

Paul Green, the president of the Halcyon Gallery in London – which is showing the works, says Dylan draws inspiration from memories of iron ore mines from his youth in Hibbing, Minnesota.

“He’s drawing from an industrial past, a working man’s past,” says Mr Green. “It’s partly about looking back but it’s also about resurrecting these items and the physical act of putting these objects together.”

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