Hey, Did You Know Bob Dylan Is A Steampunk Metalworker?

Me, neither! But Mood Swings, a new exhibition at London’s Halcyon Gallery, will be showing off a series of large-scale metalworks—seven gates made from vintage iron scraps, hand-welded by the man himself.


His description of the work is appropriately Dylan-esque: "Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow. 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."

From the press pics, their style might be described as steampunk-adjacent: they are rustic in a way that’s reminiscent of what you might discover at a dusty outpost in the middle of nowhere on a cross-country roadtrip where you’re only kinda sorta lost but have nowhere in particular to be.

It’s pretty amazing to see him in his studio surrounded by rusted junk, surveying his bounty of cast-offs, ready to create.


In addition to these strange structural monuments, canvas silkscreens and limited edition prints will also be available for purchase. Catch Mood Swings in person at the Halcyon Gallery from November 16th through January 25th. [Eye Magazine]


And since you're here, howsabout weighing in on The Ultimate Question: What is your favorite Bob Dylan song? An impossible choice, but on a gloomy afternoon like this one I've got those Worried Blues.


All images by John Shearer

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