The Art Newspaper Weighs In

from The Art Newspaper:

Glam rock’s most famous one-armed drummer, Rick Allen of the hard-charging English band Def Leppard, is making his debut in the visual art world on 18 April with a collection of abstract images based on the pounding rhythms of his 1980s hair metal. Using graphic design and photography in a collaboration with the Los Angeles creative production company SceneFour, Allen has created 300 images of himself drumming live and entwined in an array of neon lights following the movements of his drumbeats. The waves of colourful light trailing his drumstick are reminiscent of the light shows from Def Leppard’s heyday, or the effects of hallucinogenic drugs. “I think that it’s going to give people hope,” Allen said about the collection “Electric Hand: Rhythm + Change”, in the lead-up to its release on his website, “and it’s going to give people a way into new parts of themselves”. The site’s intro alone gives us hope that there are amazing things in store. —Eric Magnuson