18 January 2008

The Musician As Artist: Daniel Johnston

Very often, the need to create does not manifest via singular passion but instead in a variety of artistic endeavors. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Goethe, the list of polymaths throughout history is extensive. In fact, during the Renaissance period, a gentleman was expected to speak several languages, play a musical instrument, write poetry, and generally dabble in arts and sciences of all variety. To translate that for you, it's like every dude was a walking internet machine and shit - damn!

While science and art don't dance together in one person's mind as often as they perhaps used to, it's not at all uncommon for artists to create not only in a wide variety of mediums, but also across a vast array of fields. You know, the actors who have bands on the side, the chefs who write books, and the musicians who also create various forms of visual art.
Today we'll be taking a look at a small selection of work by Daniel Johnston. His art is nearly as well known as his music, having been exhibited in a variety of galleries and museums around the world and having gained much popularity thanks, in large part, to Kurt Cobain, a variety of musicians covering Daniel Johnston songs, and the recent film The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

View a selection of Daniel Johnston's art, and listen to two of EAR FARM's favorite Daniel Johnston songs, after the jump.

"Casper The Friendly Ghost"
"To Go Home"

Daniel Johnston 2008 Tour Dates:
Feb 5 - The Magestic Detriot, MI
Feb 6 - Metro Chicago, IL
Feb 7 - Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
Feb 8 - First Ave Minneapolis, MN
Feb 9 - Slowdown Omaha, NE
Feb 20 - Roxy Theater Boston, MA
Feb 21 - Highline Ballroom New York City, NY
Feb 22 - Trocadero Theater Philadelphia, PA
Feb 23 - Black Cat Washington, DC
Feb 24 - Ottobar Baltimore, MD

Visit Daniel Johnston's online store where you can purchase both original works as well as prints. Or check out Worried Shoes which offers rare and early drawings/paintings by Daniel Johnston.

Visit Daniel Johnston on MySpace.