Courtney Love debuted her first art exhibition in New York’s art district of Chelsea last night at the Fred Torres gallery. This is Courtney’s first public display of her art and is an exhibition of works on paper. Today the gallery opens to the public, and we can get further insight into Courtney’s thoughts and processes through a series of drawings she calls ‘And She’s Not Even Pretty.’ The exhibition is all about girl crushes, romance, and aims to elicit a range of emotions from the viewer. Who would have known that Courtney has other artistic talents? Check out an example of some of her works, and a video showing her creating one of her artworks…
This is a photo Courtney posted onto Twitter showcasing some of her artworks on display..
The title of the exhibit, ‘And She’s Not Even Pretty,’ according to Courtney, is a reference to the way women put down other women when it comes to men. Displaying over 45 unique works of art, the collection that started as a tribute to a girl crush or two has morphed into one particular thing. “A lot of this collection is about one romance.”
The collection features an array of mediums from colored pencil to watercolor and a lot of them include excerpts from songs or famous poems. The women in the works of art are depicted as “fraught and doll-like” and aim to elicit a range of emotions from “tormented, lamenting romances shattered and the devastation of rejection” to “sexual desire and the insecurity of new love.”
Courtney has said that she wanted to be an artist from the time she was a young girl, and her mother encouraged her to pursue her artistic desires. While it is clear that Courtney’s art is an insight into her somewhat chaotic mind and inner workings, I think this could be a great step for Courtney, to find a way of unleashing some of those thoughts and inner demons. She clearly has artistic talent, and it seems that her debut exhibition was well received last night. Some people may find the naive drawings overly simplistic, or even oddly disturbing, but art critics are saying that this is where the intrigue lies. I am definitely going to check out this exhibition, I may even try go this weekend..
Check out this video from Huffington Post showing Courtney talking about her art practice while creating one of her works. Sadly, she does still seem unhinged, but her work is pretty inspired…