George Clinton opens exhibition at Cecret by CE Gallery in Nashville

  • From July 9 to July 31, the art can be viewed by appointment.
  • The Cecret exhibition by CE Gallery at 516 Houston Street.
  • Reservations can be made by emailing [email protected]

Parliament-Funkadelic visionary George Clinton brings his groovy art to Nashville.

And in true George Clinton fashion, the process of sharing his works with Music City was unconventional.

Gallery owner Clarence Edward de Cecret by CE Gallery received the art in two boxes. There were no labels – just 33 unnamed pieces.

It was like writing an article without a topic. But as the show’s curator, Edward had to make it work.

He did, and the hard work paid off. What was born was “Grooves from the Deep And the Space Math of George Clinton” featuring the titular funk and afro-futurist icon’s creations.

Pictures:“Birth” art exhibition at the Montaven Cultural and Artistic Center in Hendersonville.

Clinton painted most of his work during the pandemic when he had a lot of down time.

He said that by painting a specific design, such as a hidden duck, he played his own music that reminded him of happy times and moved the brush in time with the beat.

“The lexicon, that handwriting — that’s one of the traits that comes out of the beat, and the beat is almost the same as the music. It’s a groove,” Clinton said. “And I put in a lot of old songs that we recorded because I got a lot of my copyright back. So I played a lot of old songs, so it reminds me of something happy.”

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Clinton struggles to articulate his art because it is a groove or a feeling for him that cannot be fully expressed in words. This inspired the name of the exhibition.

“I have the rhythm because that’s the fun part. What’s hard for me is the intellectual part,” Clinton said. “So I have a view of the waves and the curves and all that. But not just the colors and the shapes and the costumes and the spaceship – there’s the rhythms of the music.”

Clinton has worked with Soho House sites across the country. Cecret has occupied a space in the historic May Hosiery Mills for several months, located right next to Soho House Nashville.

It was Clinton’s artistic adviser, Spring McManus, who contacted Edward about organizing an exhibition, as Cecret is known for arranging his exhibitions in a unique way.

“We’re a lot of fun with our shows. We don’t like rules, Edward said. “We give our artists a chance to really express themselves in their own way. So that was, I think, a great combination to do this show together.

Edward is a self-proclaimed “heavy afropunk dude” who enjoys attending the festival. Clinton is a household name for those in this circle who embrace Afro-futurism, funk and other cultural art movements led by and designed for black artists.

Clarence Edward, owner of Cecret by CE Gallery, curated 33 of George Clinton's paintings for display at May Hosiery Mills.

According to Edward, many Afropunk participants likely cite Clinton as an important inspiration. In fact, he’s someone “a lot of people put on their vision boards” to help fuel musical and style ideas.

From July 9-31, the visionary Clinton’s mixed media paintings and drawings can be viewed by appointment at Cecret by CE Gallery at 516 Houston Street in the Wedgewood-Houston Arts District. Reservations can be made by emailing [email protected]

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