Reaching heights above two stories, 44 hand-stenciled banners by Baileys Harbor artist Skye create dramatic, fabric alleyways that envelope gallery visitors in the lyrics of Bob Dylan. These banners make up the exhibit, Shakespeare’s in the Alley: A Tribute to Bob Dylan, on display Feb. 9 – March 17 at Peninsula School of Art. The exhibit displays Dylan’s lyrics throughout a career that spans more than 50 years – from the words that echoed social change in the 1960s to those that reflect recent pop culture.
According to Skye, the presentation of lyrics, stenciled in black marker on a gray fabric of recycled hemp and organic cotton, is intentionally simple to increase the impact of the words, which are very large in scale.
“When you enlarge words, it changes the experience, it’s not the same as lyrics in a book,” Skye said. “The words also take on abstract qualities. The larger scale is my way of matching the scale of Dylan’s influence.”
In the summer of 2012, she created the first 15 banners as a stage set for Buckets of Rain, a local concert honoring Dylan. From there, she was inspired to create an additional 29 pieces.
The first showing of Shakespeare’s in the Alley in its entirety was in 2015 at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor. The installation at Peninsula School of Art is only the second time all 44 banners will be on display.
An artist talk and opening reception for Shakespeare’s in the Alley will be Feb. 9, 4 – 5 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Peninsula School of Art is located at 3900 Cty F in Fish Creek. Gallery hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, November through April. For more information visit peninsulaschoolofart.org.