Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward will present an exhibit of his fine art collection, “Absence of Corners | Rhythm On Canvas”, at the Fathom Gallery in Los Angeles.
Running August 15-29, the event will launch on August 15 with two artist discussions by Ward in which he will detail the concepts underlining the artwork and relate personal stories of how each piece is connected to his private or professional life.
The free lectures are set for 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and attendance to each is available on a first-come basis; pre-registration is required at the Fathom Gallery.
Over a year in the making, "Absence Of Corners" is the result of a complex multi-disciplined approach to creating art that combines high-end digital technology with the oldest known musical instrument. The resulting images capture Ward's experimental spirit and translate onto canvas powerful abstract expressions of his music.
"When I'm working on new ideas, musically much of what's played is guided by a visual appearance or shape,” explains Ward. “Since my early childhood, I've played drums in visuals as well as sound. When I write, there's always an image, sometimes a color attached to what's being created... I am delighted with the captured expressions — from my head and my heart. Their arrival onto canvas is beautiful."
"From the gallery perspective what excites us about this art is the sense of story," adds Francis Coiro, Fathom founder. "Even though art critics don't talk about it much, great art is about a great story. And, honestly, Bill Ward is a great storyteller. If you have the chance to meet Bill and see the work and hear him talk about it, you can feel that linkage between his music, his life and his art. It's extraordinary."
In April, Ward released, “Accountable Beasts”, his first solo album in 18 years.
The project includes longtime Bill Ward Band members Keith Lynch (guitar, keyboards), bassist Paul Ill and drummer Ronnie Ciago, with contributions by drummer Walter Earl and an array of session singers including Ward’s daughter, Emily.
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