january, 2022

202222jan(jan 22)12:00 am30jun(jun 30)11:59 pmThe Contemporary Austin | 01/22/22 - 06/30/22 | OUTDOOR MURAL | DANIEL JOHNSTON | Austin

Time

January 22 (Saturday) 12:00 am - June 30 (Thursday) 11:59 pm

Location

The Contemporary Austin

700 CONGRESS AVENUE AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701

Organizer

The Contemporary Austin 700 CONGRESS AVENUE AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701

Event Details

Art Exhibition |
The Contemporary Austin
699 CONGRESS AVENUE AUSTIN, TEXAS 78701
https://thecontemporaryaustin.org/exhibitions/

01/22/22-06/30/22

Although best known as a musician, Daniel Johnston (b. Sacramento, California, 1961; d. Waller, Texas, 2019) was also an extraordinarily prolific visual artist. Inspired by comic books, he populated his artwork with a fantastical cast of characters and symbols that he developed throughout his lifetime.

Commissioned as part of the artist’s posthumous retrospective, Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams, this mural features images and details taken directly from Johnston’s artwork. Alongside good-hearted monsters, winged eyeballs, and ducks, we see some of Johnston’s most prominent characters: the Beast, a multi-headed creature referencing the Book of Revelation; Jeremiah the Innocent, a symbol of pure innocence anchoring his landmark “Hi, How Are You,” 1993, mural; Vile Corrupt, Jeremiah’s evil, multi-eyeballed nemesis; and Casper, the ghost of Jeremiah and symbol of spiritual redemption.

The Daniel Johnston mural was commissioned by The Contemporary Austin with funds provided by Vans No-Comply.

Special thanks to The Daniel Johnston Trust, Story of an Artist (a project of Electric Lady Studios), Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Topo Chico.

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