Kim Nicolini explores the energy that music icons left behind

Nicolini’s Jimi Hendrix

Nicolini’s Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix. Jim Morrison. Kurt Cobain. Amy Winehouse. And now Scott Weiland.

What is it about rock that fulfills a death wish? What came first: the death wish or the rock?

Artist Kim Nicolini explores such questions in “Dead Rock Stars,” a series or drawings of rock ’n’ roll icons who died young that opens Sunday, Jan. 10, at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center.

“These are not portraits,” Beyond Baroque Assistant Director Carlye Archibeque says. “They are more like maps or evidence of the energy that the rock stars left us when they left the world. They could be images of all of us on some level — or at least pieces of us.”

During Sunday’s opening, Nicolini will read prose poem letters she’s written to each of her subjects.

— Joe Piasecki

“Dead Rock Stars” opens from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. The event is free. Call (310) 822-3006 or visit