Tuesday, March 23, 2010

In preperation.

In a 2004 interview, Bob Dylan explained: "You're born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free."

The idea of months in a bus, or on a plane DOES NOT excite me. The idea of months in a bus, or on a plane with Bob Dylan does. A sensory experience with a gifted and talented musician turned it up a notch for those involved in Dylan’s 89 – 92 tour when he began creating a collection of drawings that would be published in a ’94 book titled “Drawn Blank”. Capturing chance encounters and observations the works were unexpectedly upbeat and abstract– including portraits, interiors, nudes and street scenes - which Dylan quoted as “relaxing and refocusing a restless mind”.

When Ingrid Mössinger came across “Drawn Blank” during a visit to NYC in 2006 she contacted Dylan and managed to convince the quiet and withdrawn musician (post a crazy moterbike accident) that a public showing was critical to continue to express the sentiment of the work. It was this agreement that was the catalyst for Dylan’s rework and paint up of the drawings (in water colour and gouache) – creating the bright and vibrant “The Drawn Blank Series” collection.

While the subject matter of the original drawings remains, Dylan constantly updates the work by painting several versions of the images using different colours and tones resulting in a dynamic and constantly evolving exhibition which relaunches every year. It is this translation of expression that truly sets Dylan aside as one of the ultimate artists of our time. Musical or otherwise. (p.s if you want one your looking at about £1277.18)

I'm not there trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2YPn23TLlM

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