Completion Date: 18 July 2019
Medium: Paint & ink on cardboard
Dimensions: 30 x 40 inches
This piece features words from Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan’s 30th studio album, released on September 30, 1997, by Columbia Records.
There are no repeat words on the piece.
For many fans and critics, Time Out of Mind marked Dylan’s artistic comeback after he appeared to struggle with his musical identity throughout the 1980s; he had not released any original material for seven years, since Under the Red Sky in 1990. Time Out of Mind is hailed as one of Dylan’s best albums, and it went on to win three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year in 1998. It was also ranked number 408 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003.
The album has an atmospheric sound, the work of producer (and past Dylan collaborator) Daniel Lanois, whose innovative work with carefully placed microphones and strategic mixing was detailed by Dylan in his memoir, Chronicles: Volume One. Although Dylan has spoken positively of Lanois’ production style (especially for his 1989 album Oh Mercy), he expressed dissatisfaction with the sound of Time Out of Mind. Dylan has self-produced his subsequent albums.