About two weeks ago, I had a friend contact me to let me know about a opening reception at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. The opening was for their newest exhibition titled Mentoring Courtney Love. The first thing I thought was THE Courtney Love? And the answer was, yes. Courtney Love is also a visual artist and the exhibit is happening right here in Connecticut; so I had to take the hour trip out to northern Connecticut for the opening.
This is the description found on the Lyman Allyn website:
The concept of mentoring is one not often associated with the contemporary art world. Yet artist Courtney Love, best known as a musician, credits artist and photographer David LaChapelle with mentoring her as a visual artist. Love’s work, featured in this exhibition, are all works on paper. They are executed in a combination of pastel, watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, acrylic, and marker. The works on view are all portraits, including some self-portraits, and this is where we see the relationship between her work and that of her mentor David LaChapelle. While LaChapelle’s photographic portraits are slick and hyper-real, Love’s portraits are sketch-like and spontaneous. Her images are raw and full of emotion, and they bear a resemblance to her music. There is a consistency in vision between her music and her visual art that suggests an authenticity of expression.
One of the most exciting moments of the evening was running into my friend Alison. I haven’t seen her in years and we slightly caught up the best we could since there was Courtney Love frenzy happening.
The art opening was full of excited energy. No matter where Courtney moved, there were an intense amount of people that followed her. I actually arrived rather late and wish I got there early enough to have a longer chat and take a picture with the rocker babe.
At the opening, Lady Love mentioned she has a new single that will be released in May which is pretty exciting. She was dressed in a a short black dress with lace sleeves which I adored. Full of witty one liners, her fans surrounded her and provided positive laughter. There were more announcements and small talk that I sadly was too far away to make out, but the gallery was full of smiles and excitement.
Lady Love’s art actually reminded me a lot of her music. It is mixed media and consists of drawings and writings. From what I can tell, the art screams bad romance. I could be wrong but, it seems as the art was about a relationship that went completely wrong. I am not an art whisperer but, I think that was the overall feel.
At some point in the evening I was able to stand stage right of Lady Love for an extended period of time. She commented on liking my hair and then we were interrupted. A couple of girls approached her and asked if they could have a photo with her. I offered to take their photo if they would return the favor and take one of me with the rocker chick. The story goes, I took the photo, the girls freaked out from meeting Courtney, and ran away. I stood there looking confused and Courtney was like “No worries, I am going to go get something to drink and be right back and we will get your photo”. I waited for about ten minutes for Courtney to come out of a room that the museum provided for her. When she finally opened the door to the room, her and her entourage left the opening. Like, completely left. I was left without a photo or a chance to really talk to her. I at least wanted a hug. Next time Ms. Love, next time!
In addition to Lady Love’s work, there are a few pieces by her mentor, David LaChapelle which are amazingly beautiful. If you’re in the northern Connecticut area the art will be on view through Aug. 10.
Who is excited to hear Courtney’s new single next month? I know I am definitely intrigued!