Clark & Faria is pleased to announce a group exhibition entitled Bowie with works by Roy Arden, Romas Astraukas, Tim Bavington, Douglas Coupland, Dave Dyment, Graham Gillmore, Derek Liddington and
Bowie is a selection of works paying homage to the dynamic and extensive artistic career of David Bowie. Since his first major hit “Space Oddity” in 1969 Bowie has had an undeniable influence on music, fashion and art. Constantly reinventing himself, he pushed the boundaries with gender bending flamboyant outfits, ever-changing hairstyles and his distinct voice. From the glam rock years of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust to the hard rock and electronic sounds of the late 80s and 90s, Bowie has defined moments in pop culture. His long flirtation with the contemporary art world began in 1971 with his song “Andy Warhol”, who he eventually played in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film “Basquiat”.
Fascinated by the sexual ambiguity of Bowie and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust, Roy Arden’s 1973 collage Sun Machine presents a variety of monochromatic images of the famed musician gleaned from magazine and newspaper publications from that time. In a series of meticulously detailed graphite drawings Derek Liddington depicts the diverse hairstyles of Bowie. From punk, to glam, to maud, Liddington speaks to the transformative nature of the icon and his success at recreating himself and his music. American artist Tim Bavington’s abstract work translates the musical score of a Bowie song into a series of banded colours. Each note is represented by a distinct hue while the length of the note is reflected in the thickness of the strip.
The show opens at the Toronto gallery July 30 and runs to Sept. 6.