Published Jul 20, 2015Given the Flaming Lips' penchant for elaborate, artistic live spectacle on the stage, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that frontman Wayne Coyne is now officially branching out into the world of visual art. His first museum contribution will debut at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore this fall.
Titled The Big Hope Show, the show explores the themes of "hope and transcendent survival," according to a press release. It will feature drawing and sculpture work from a number of visionary artists and thinkers, including an "immersive installation" from Coyne.
His piece, titled "King's Mouth" falls in line with the exhibit's themes, taking inspiration from a near-death experience back in the 1980s when Coyne was held at gunpoint during an attempted robbery.
"Wayne Coyne's work is among the most jubilant in our Big Hope Show," said AVAM founder and curator Rebecca Hoffberger. "Surviving a violent, near-death experience awakened in him a joy and a tsunami of endless creativity rarely seen in anyone. His drawings remind me of those most beloved by Saint-Exupéry, his lyrics are poetry."
While "King's Mouth" marks Coyne's first official museum display, the press release notes that the musician has been involved in numerous other artistic endeavours like creating iconic cover art for Flaming Lips' albums, opening The Womb — a funhouse-style arts venue in Oklahoma City, drawing comic books, and directing a sci-fi Christmas Film.
Above, you can see a preview of Coyne's royally psychedelic man of metallic bubbles. If you want to take a step into the "King's Mouth," though, you'll have to make the trip to Baltimore. The Big Hope Show opens on October 3.