P-Funk Founder To Make Solo Artistic Debut In NYC
During his career, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton blazed new trails in music and stage presentation.
Now he prevails on the canvas.
Clinton, who founded Parliament Funkadelic in a Plainfield barber shop, will make her solo New York art debut in “George Clinton: Light Years,” running Tuesday, May 17 through Friday, June 17 at NeueHouse Madison Square in New York City. .
The May 17 launch event will feature Clinton in a chat with DJ Spooky, followed by a performance.
“He’s my other love,” Clinton previously told USA Today Network New Jersey. “People who identify with Parliament Funkadelic know that imagery, the look of the band, the music and the album covers. I was hooked when Pedro Bell started (illustrating album covers) and Overton Loyd did our album covers.
Loyd, who illustrated the cover of P-Funk’s classic “Motor Booty Affair” album and more, is currently working with Clinton.
“I’ve been painting for 10 years, I guess,” Clinton said. “But lately, since this pandemic happened, I’ve been lucky enough to be there, so I have 350 pieces.”
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Clinton, who is colorblind, uses acrylics, spray paints, charcoal, oil pastels and more for her works. He was the visionary behind the famous Mothership, now in the Smithsonian, and P-Funk costumes.
“The imagery of it was artsy-fartsy,” said Clinton, who turns 81 on July 22. “That was our thing.”
Clinton made her debut last October in New Orleans.
Email [email protected] to attend the opening reception or to make an appointment to view the exhibit.
Visit georgeclintonart.org to learn more about Clinton’s art.
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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers entertainment and reporting for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]