Tuesday, October 15, 2013
i'll paint you moments of gold, i'll spin you valentine evenings...
I am a David Bowie fan. This probably won't shock anyone who knows me, since I am often seen sporting one of my (super comfy and cute) Bowie t-shirts. While some people became fans by falling in love with his iconic albums, I became a fan as a child watching the movie, Labyrinth. I remember my dad and I watching that movie over and over again - and my massive crush on David Bowie as The Goblin King. As I grew older, I started to listen to his music (outside of Labyrinth). Once again, I fell in love with his unique sound and adventurous use of imagery.
When the AGO in Toronto announced the David Bowie Is.... exhibit was coming, I was so excited. But I couldn't justify spending the money on the travel and ticket price. (I've been trying really hard to save money, lately!) Then, my very sweet and wonderful boyfriend heard about the exhibit. He decided to spoil me and take me on a special date in the city. It included the David Bowie exhibit, dinner at our favourite place, and a little bit of shopping. All in all, the day was perfect! I was so grateful to spend the day with him - and for a day without working!
The exhibit itself was a complete sensory experience. It blended art pieces, memorabilia, costumes, and music. Parts of it were a bit too extreme for me and I felt a little bit, well, un-artistic! But there were other parts of the exhibit that were just astounding. Looking at costumes surrounded by live concert footage and music...it was overwhelming. It really felt like you were there, experiencing Bowie live. The highlight for me, more than the costumes, more than the hand-written lyrics, was the crystal ball from Labyrinth. That iconic piece of my childhood was literally right in front of me. I could hardly contain my joy and excitement. It was a moment that I will never forget. And the fact that I shared that moment with the most important person in my life? It was truly magical.
We couldn't take pictures in the exhibit itself, but here are a few of my pictures from our day in the city:
Are you fan of David Bowie? Have you been able to visit the AGO exhibit?