The Art Of Grace Slick: The White Rabbit Comes To Hollywood At Mr. MusicHead Gallery
Grace Slick is an icon, she sang with the Jefferson Airplane, the Jefferson Starship, she performed at Woodstock, she knew the Summer of Love and all this legendary stuff, but better than that, she was at the center stage of this celebrated summer in 1969. But she retired from rock n’ roll quite early, she has always been very candid about the subject, she was not comfortable to continue while getting older, ‘All rock-and-rollers over the age of 50 look stupid and should retire,’ and she expressed this same sentiment in several interviews ‘You can do jazz, classical, blues, opera, country until you’re 150, but rap and rock and roll are really a way for young people to get that anger out,’… ‘It’s silly to perform a song that has no relevance to the present or expresses feelings you no longer have.’ The 70’s are really over, and Grace has long understood this, she left her rock n’ roll career at 49, and she is not into nostalgic reunions… she even said that Fleetwood Mac should retire,… However, Grace doesn’t sit still in her Malibu house, she paints, she draws and she has been doing so for about 17 years.
An exhibition, displaying 25 of her original works of art, had an LA premiere on Saturday night at Mr MusicHead Gallery, and the crowd was dense and interested. Grace Slick paints a lot of white rabbits, as this Alice in Wonderland cute furry animal is almost in every painting, a reoccurring theme and an obvious reference to the famous psychedelic Jefferson Airplane song. The colors are raw and the lines simple but very precise, while the drawings are almost cartoonish and happy, with plenty of references to the 70’s and the drug scene. Beside the rabbits, she has painted the whole music scene of these celebrated times, with colorful portraits of Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Jimmi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend, Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as Woodstock and music festival scenes,… but there also was a surprising portrait of Amy Winehouse.
Grace Slick seemed to be in a very good spirit, chatting with people, still looking very good at 76, with long white hair surrounding a young-looking face, a bright stare and a bold attitude. She clearly looked like the kind of woman who got her share in the myth. This is how she describes her creative process:
‘As far as I can determine at this point, creation is taking place constantly and my life is a result of and pursuit of that process. Sometimes the form is music; sometimes it is giving birth to another human being or may be just sitting and appreciating s sunset. Simply watching beauty helps it ‘exist’.
At this time in my evolution, painting is the way ‘it’ wants to take shape. I create with the help of that massive system of energy that permeates everything and allows it to be distributed for free. As a conduit, I am occasionally quite clear – but as a beginner, the results can be technically raw.
When I am in the process of painting ‘I’ am gone – to a place that relieves me of trivia and encourages the expression of a more vibrant existence. It (painting) is a still form. Unlike film the movement had to be implied on the canvas and translated to you by way of s mutual and basic recognition.
When I see a work of art that raises my own level of appreciation, it becomes propulsion that, in turn, moves me into the creative continuum. By receiving my work you complete the celebration.’