EXHIBITS - Aquarium - United Kingdom
The Aquarium and Sketchbook present
HI, HOW ARE YOU? - THE ART OF DANIEL JOHNSTON
An exhibition of Fine Art to coincide with the release of a new studio album (Lost & Found on Sketchbook), a very special live show at The Barbican (on the 14th April) and an award-winning documentary on Daniel Johnston's life and work (The Devil and Daniel Johnston released by Tartan Films).
28th April - 19th May 2006
Prequel Signing Event Sat 15th April (times tbc)
Nearest tube: Euston
Daniel Johnston is a visionary artist whose work in both music and visual art has made him a cult legend. Despite being better known for his heartrendingly honest songs that tell tales of unrequited love, cosmic mishaps and existential torment, Daniel did in fact study art and his work is currently on show at the Whitney Biennial, New York. This, along with a major feature on Danielís visual art in the New York Times newspaper, marks a shift from his underground status to a wider acceptance in the fine art world, but we wonít let that get in the way of a show at The Aquarium. We are delighted to have an artist of such creative fervour and inspirational talent joining our ranks of other art desperadoes. Chiefly - James Cauty, Billy Childish, Sexton Ming, Jamie Reid and STOT21stCplanB.
Daniel works obsessively, producing hallucinatory pen and Magic Marker drawings that draw on the iconography of childhood and his native America. Cartoon figures such as Captain America and his own creations like Jeremiah the Frog of Innocence and the Man in Polka Dot Underwear fight for space on the pages in a visual and captioned dialogue that reflects a visceral and immediate connection with his desires and fears. Like his songs, Danielís art is as heart-warming and funny as it is frightening and insightful, and this first ever solo exhibition (in London) here at The Aquarium will lay the groundwork in providing an overview of his original work set in a sympathetic environment alongside his recordings and other merchandise. We will also be producing some Aquarium goodies to go with this event. Daniel Johnston wallpaper is definitely on the cards as well as a series of limited edition prints for those who cannot afford the ever-rising prices on the original work.
For those who would like to meet Daniel in person and get something signed, he will be here at the gallery on Saturday 15th of April to do just that. Times will be posted on our website nearer the time.
further information on the exhibition please contact Steven Lowe: