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West Coast Debut of Legendary Rocker Bill Ward’s Visual Art Exhibition

Posted on Jul.08, 2015 under Drum Art

For those of you on the West Coast who couldn’t make it to Baltimore last year to see Bill’s East Coast showing of his “Absence of Corners” collection, you’re in luck!  We have details of his only West Coast appearance in August below.


West Coast Debut of Legendary Rocker Bill Ward’s Visual Art Exhibition
Los Angeles, July 7, 2015

On August 15th, FATHOM is pleased to host the West Coast premiere of heavy metal statesman Bill Ward’s fine art exhibition: Absence of Corners, a collection of 15 abstract works created from Mr. Ward’s drum performance.

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 Mr. Ward’s experimental spirit and translate onto canvas powerful abstract expressions of his music.

Mr. Ward on the Project: “When I’m working on new ideas, musically much of what’s played is guided by a visual appearance or shape. 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.”

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 through August 29th.

About Mr. Ward:
As the drummer of one of the most influential heavy metal bands in history, Ward was an integral force in the creation of the heavy metal genre. With his pioneering, orchestrational style of drumming, as well as his highly acclaimed solo recordings, Ward is greatly respected among insiders for his intuitive style of play and innovative songwriting. Ward recently released his first solo album in 18 years, titled “Accountable Beasts,” and is currently finishing up another album slated for release later this year.

About The Collection
The Absence of Corners Collection is part of the Rhythm on Canvas project from SceneFour, the Los Angeles based creative collaborative responsible for developing this new art movement that for the first time manifests music performance into visual art.

Located in downtown Los Angeles, FATHOM exhibits art and photography that uses popular culture as a touchstone in its creation. The gallery is located inside the California Market Center at 110 East 9th Street, Suite CL002, Los Angeles, CA 90079 |

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