dingbats is an online exhibition featuring fifty unique hand-drawn illustrations by interdisciplinary artist and musician David Byrne, made this year while isolating in his Manhattan apartment.
The dingbats drawings explore themes associated with daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic, from uncanny scenes of domesticity to surreal figurative illustrations steeped in metaphor of a mind plagued by loneliness, boredom, and anxiety brought on by quarantine. They echo a unifying message through their sympathetic and humorous reflections on these tumultuous and uncertain times.
“Humor sometimes allows us to say the unspeakable. To diffuse the nightmare yet still somehow view it face on. So these seem to be about how it is to live right now. In this New World.”
The drawings will be released in five series of ten works published online every Monday and Thursday from today October 15th to October 29th, 2020, and will remain on view through November 2nd, 2020. A rotating series of ten drawings, reflecting the most recent selection in the online presentation, will also be on view at PACE 540 West 25th Street for the duration of the project.
All sales proceeds from the exhibition will benefit the Arbutus Foundation, Byrne’s non-profit organization dedicated to re-imagining the world through projects that inspire and educate.
This exhibition extends Byrne’s long-term relationship with Pace, marking the artist’s seventh collaboration with PACE gallery since 2003.