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David Byrne


David Byrne Biography - ArtLyst

David Byrne was born in 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland and is best known as a founding member of the New York band, Talking Heads.

He attended the Rhode Island School of Design but left after one year. In 1981,Byrne partnered with choreographer Twyla Tharp,scoring "The Catherine Wheel," a ballet featuring original rhythms and lyrics.

Productions of "The Catherine Wheel" were performed on Broadway.

Byrne is also known as a visual artist and has exhibited his work internationally in galleries and museums. He has created a number of anonymous art installations globally and is represented by the Pace/MacGill Gallery in NYC.

In 2008 he designed nine bike racks around Brooklyn and Manhattan. Later that same year, Byrne released Arboretum, a sketchbook facsimile of his Tree Drawings, published by McSweeney's. He has also exhibited his drawings, photographs, sculptures, and embroideries at Pace/MacGill Gallery, NYC.

His latest work entitled, Playing the Building was first shown in NYC then London at the famous Roundhouse a building where the Talking Heads had their Live UK debut in 1976. Playing the Building is a sound installation in which the infrastructure, the physical plant of the building, is converted into a giant musical instrument. Devices are attached to the building structure to the metal beams and pillars, the heating pipes, the water pipes and are used to make these things produce sound. The activations are of three types: wind, vibration, striking. The devices do not produce sound themselves, but they cause the building elements to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument.

David Byrne

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