Rockers who aspire to be more than simply musicians can take a cue from singer, photographer, director, author and painter Marilyn Manson, who'll host the first gallery showing of his work on Friday.
Approximately 50 pieces of his work will be displayed in an exhibit titled "The Golden Age of Grotesque," named for his forthcoming fifth album, at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, according to a gallery spokesperson. Most of the pieces, which range in size from three to seven feet, are watercolors, though a few mixed-media constructions pepper the exhibit.
Manson described the theme of "The Golden Age of Grotesque" as a demonstration in conflict, whereby viewers experience mixed reactions.
"I'm pointing out the interesting ways to take pretty colors to make grotesque images," he said. "Or to take grotesque images and paint them with pretty colors and make them into something that's very provocative and interesting."
Admission to the gallery is free, and Manson will be in attendance to sign lithographs and posters. Fans are urged not to bring any additional items to be autographed.
All the pieces, which date back to 1997, are for sale, though it might be tough for Manson to part with some of the more personal of his canvassed forms of expression.
"I don't want to sell any of them, but I have to let go at some point," he explained. "I think the most famous one is the one I did for Rolling Stone of [Columbine shooters Eric] Harris and [Dylan] Klebold, with the hand making a peace sign with the two kids' head on it."
Meanwhile, on the music side, most of Manson's The Golden Age of Grotesque LP is finished, though a release date for the follow-up to 2000's Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) has not been established (see "Manson Says He's Stronger, Uglier With The Golden Age").