August 15th 2015, Fathom Gallery, Los Angeles CA: Heavy metal icon and former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has spent the past few years developing a ‘rhythm on canvas’ style of art collection titled ‘Absence Of Corners’. The creation of these pieces of art involve Ward setting up his drum kit in a completely dark room and playing colored drum sticks, his movements and the drumming color patterns captured through open shutter photography and rendered on canvas. The collection made its West Coast debut at Fathom Gallery in downtown Los Angeles last weekend, wherein Ward held three sessions to discuss the art in detail. Metal Assault was in attendance for session #2, at 5 PM on Saturday August 15.
For the first time, legendary drummer Bill Ward will showcase his art collection of rhythm-on-canvas on the west coast on August 15-16, 2015. The event will be at FATHOM Gallery in Los Angeles. Open to the public, attend the public reception – RSVP required at www.billwarddrumart.com.
The exhibition opens on August 15th with two artist discussions by Mr. Ward in which he details the concepts underlining the artwork and relates personal stories of how each piece is connected to his private or professional life. The first lecture starts at 2PM and the second at 5PM. The lectures are free to the public, however attendance to each lecture is available on a first-come basis and pre-registration is required. The Absence of Corners Exhibition is a special limited engagement and only hangs at FATHOM, Los Angeles through August 29th. RSVP: BillWardDrumArt.com
By Kyle Harcott
It don’t mean a thing if don’t got that caveman swing.
Heavy metal’s birth, squalling and screeching, is, invariably, always credited to the guitarist of Black Sabbath – who, while unquestionably the band’s de facto leader, is given free-pass, metal-mutha deity status for his uncanny ability to issue sheet lightning from his severed fingertips. As if heavy metal could thrive on tritones alone.
After all… what is lightning without thunder?
When the gods made heavy metal, it was the thunder issued from Bill Ward’s fists that set the scene, at least as equally as Tony Iommi’s lightning. You could not have had that demon birth with a lesser drummer at the helm. Mixing the satanic swing of jazz with sheer brute clobbering force, Bill Ward’s drumming turned the oldest form of long-distance communication into a manifesto of power. And a thousand children picked up sticks.
This summer, I fulfilled a dream and spoke to a personal hero of mine, Mr. Bill Ward, about his latest art project, Absence of Corners, as well as his radio show Rock 50 and the finer points of heavy metal drumming.
How did the Absence of Corners project come to fruition?
A few months ago, I was approached by Scene Four, who had already done some of these portrait series with other drummers, using similar techniques. They wanted to use me, and I was interested, so I said yes to the idea. At first, the idea -I thought- was for me to show up with my drums and just play in the dark. They were going to give me different-colored sticks. I didn’t realize that it would become much more than that.
Were you aware of Scene Four doing this before they approached you? Had you seen their other drum projects?
No- this was all brand new to me.
THE RHYTHM WILL BE SEEN…Bill Ward is set to debut a groundbreaking collection of fine art created from rhythm. A new medium in fine art – rhythm on canvas – Ward has completed a thought provoking collection that will debut on August 1, 2013. To learn more and see the collection before the release visit www.billwarddrumart.com.
Available on August 1, 2013, legendary drummer Bill Ward unveils a career first, a collection of fine artwork. Ward’s collection of artwork, Absence of Corners, is unique visually, as all of the work is crafted from rhythm. Learn more about the upcoming release and see it early at www.billwarddrumart.com.