Last night I went to a special screening of the the movie “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” followed by a preview of his solo art show at Blast Galley in Teaneck, New Jersey. I had seen the movie several years ago on DVD but it was great to see it on a (somewhat) large screen with an audience. I was really glad that I got to see the movie before seeing the exhibit because I felt that it really enhanced the way I experienced and viewed the artwork. One of my favorite pieces from the show is the one pictured above which was in the Whitney Biennial.
The following is from Blast’s website:
Lost But Free. The Art of Daniel Johnston
December 3-24, 2011
Opening reception December 3, 6-9 pm
We are thrilled to be hosting a show by this legendary artist. What a great way to finish the year! Ever since we first encountered Daniel’s work (first through music, then through visual art), we have been blown away by the raw emotion, talent and humor projected through his songs, and drawings. We look forward to spending December surrounded by Daniel’s art.
Daniel Johnston has spent the last 30 years exposing his heartrending tales of unrequited love, cosmic mishaps, and existential torment to an ever-growing international audience. Initiates, including a healthy number of discerning musicians and critics, have hailed him as an American original in the style of bluesman Robert Johnson and country legend Hank Williams. Daniel has collaborated with the likes of Jad Fair (a founding member of Half Japanese), the Butthole Surfers, and members of Sonic Youth. A prolific songwriter, his lyrics focus on a range of familiar American themes, including the joys and pains of love, the exploits of comic book characters such as Jack Kirby’s Captain America, and the allure of rock and roll.
Throughout Daniel’s life as a musician, Daniel has been an equally prolific visual artist. In recent years, Daniel has gained acclaim and respect for his art that could possibly surpass his legendary status as a musician and songwriter. While at first glance, Daniel’s art might give the impression that this is the work of an “outsider” artist, Daniel’s visual work communicates the same deep content and startling impact that his songs carry. In 2006 Daniel was featured in The Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial.
Check out Daniel’s site to learn more about his music and art and if you live in the area see the artwork at Blast Gallery.