Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston

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The late, great Daniel Johnston was born in Sacramento, CA and raised in New Cumberland, West Virginia, by fundamentalist Christian parents alongside four siblings, before making his way after some college studies to Austin, TX.

Young Daniel’s foray into the arts began with drawing, but later he started singing and playing piano and organ, and by the late 70s, began recording his own music on a $59 Sanyo boombox. During his stint in the art program at the East Liverpool campus of Kent State, he recorded, “Songs of Pain,” and “More Songs of Pain.” He was diagnosed bi-polar, and had endured his share of psychiatric institutions, and naturally, his struggles greatly informed his work.

When he landed in Austin, he began working at McDonald’s and passing out cassettes of his music to to people he met. The most notable of these early recordings was his, “Hi, How Are You: The Unfinished Album,” in 1983, with cover art of the now-famous “Jeremiah the Innocent” frog.

From this, his cult following was born.  His live performances were packed and his local fame led to him being cast on an MTV program featuring Austin’s “New Sincerity” music scene. In 1988, he recorded in his first professional capacity, his album “1990,” with producer Mark Kramer in NYC. His mental health took a turn for the worse during this experience.

In 1989, Johnston released both one of his homemade albums, “Yip/Jump Music,” and the studio-recorded album It’s Spooky in collaboration with singer Jad Fair of the band, “Half Japanese.”   

Shortly following this, Kurt Cobain was seen wearing the “Hi, How Are You” t-shirt on occasion, most notably at the 1992 MTV VMA awards, and Daniel’s international recognition was now cemented.  That year, Sound Exchange on “the drag” in Austin commissioned Daniel to put that artwork on the side of their building. When the business closed, it took an uprising of concerned folks to keep the art in tact. The last business in the spot, a Thai restaurant, aptly named itself, “Thai, How Are You” – but that’s now closed and the building vacant.

In 1993/94, the big record labels were falling over each other to sign him, and he went with Atlantic, recording, “Fun” with producer Paul Leary of Butthole Surfers. It fared poorly commercially and Atlanta dropped him in 1996. However, the first decade of the new millennium proved fruitful with his release of, “The Late Great Daniel Johnson: Discovered Covered,” with his songs covered by other well-known artists; and a grant-funded rock opera based on his musical, “Speeding Motorcycle.”  His visual art was being shown worldwide.  In 2006, a documentary was released, “The Devil and Daniel Johnson.”  Then in 2008, Jeremiah became a collectable figurine and his first concert DVD was released from his 2007 show in London.  

Next came an iPhone platform game, “Hi, How Are You,” featuring his music and visual art; his first comic book venture; collaboration with skateboarding and clothing company Supreme for several lines of clothing featuring his artwork; and a photo book and traveling exhibit with Daniel by photographer Jung Kim.  

In 2017, he announced his last live tour – for five stops featuring back up bands who list Daniel as an influence: The Preservation All-Stars in New Orleans, The Districts and Modern Baseball in Philadelphia, Jeff Tweedy in Chicago, and Built to Spill in Portland and Vancouver.

Daniel achieved a “legendary, near-mythical status as an artist…[amassing] a catalog possessing his uninhibited vulnerability, underscored by a persistent sense of humor, anxiety, and loss.” On Sept. 11, 2019, he was found dead in his home from a suspected heart attack.

Visit his website’s store for art, posters, music, t-shirts & books. 

The End is Never Really Near

Mural in the Downtown Austin Public Library during Daniel Johntson exhibit (depicting various Johnston works)

The Darker Side of Gerald Clutter

Melanie Clemmons

Melanie Clemmons

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Melanie Clemmons is a new media artist interested in reimagining technology toward a more metaphysical, just, and weird future. She makes videos, net art, installations, & VR experiences and performances. In addition to her gallery and museum work, Clemmons toured with Pussy Riot doing visuals during their first North American tour and has collaborated on several of their music videos, has worked on videos for fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, and is 1/2 of the video performance and installation collaborations Vidkidz, and Clemmons & Loyd.


She has completed a digital artist residency at Welcome to My Homepage, and her work has been shown at, among others: HeK (House of Electronic Arts), Basel, Switzerland; CICA Museum Gyeonggi, Korea; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Light Year, Brooklyn; Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles; LRLX, San Francisco; Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland; UPFOR Digital, Portland; Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; Denver Digerati; University of Dayton; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Women and Their Work; Austin; the Museum of Human Achievement, Austin; SP2, Dallas;Ex Ovo, Dallas; and many other DIY spaces and venues.

 

Photo credit: Ariel René Jackson
Maggie Duval

Maggie Duval

Maggie duval

MASTER CLASS, noon-1pm, Sunday:
MINING FOR MEANING IN THE DEPTHS OF CRISIS:
A DEEP DIVE WRITING MASTERCLASS

SUNDAY: Noon-1pm

Rev. Maggie Duval, the “Mind Travel Agent,” brings over 16 years of experience and expertise as a producer, director and experiential designer to her work as a Somatic Writing facilitator.

In 2002, she completed her training as a Somatic Writing facilitator, a creative and therapeutic technique combining monologue writing and performance developed by Tanya Taylor Rubinstein.

In addition to supporting people in their Somatic Writing process, Maggie has helped design and implement one person shows. She is masterful at creating multilayered experiences combining art, sound, color, and tech to uniquely engage and inspire audiences with story and message. Her integrated approach focuses on setting the stage and creating a mood via themed environments that combine set design, decor, lighting, projection, special effects, interactive art, costuming, and more.

As a producer and director, and long-term explorer of the convergence of art + science + tech + entertainment since her early involvement in Burning Man, she has created, produced, and directed exciting and immersive intimate to large scale events at SXSW Interactive and beyond. Facilitation, design, direction, and production credits include:

Somatic Writing-related events:  Standing on the Gone Side of Leaving (Dana Williams One Person Show Staged Reading); The Election Monologues: Austin; San Marcos Stories; and She Moves Like Water: Aryana Rising, a One Woman Show. 

Larger scale events include: EFF@SXSW 2014: A Cyberpunk Retrofest; Showdown at Unobtainium: Tesla vs. Edison; The Spectral Panopticon: A Fundraiser for the Round Top Festival Institute; STEAM³: The Future of Education (Austin, 2014 & Atlanta, 2015); Plutopia@SXSW Interactive: Living Systems (2009), The Science of Music (2010, The Future of Play (2011); The Future Music Summit at Round Top Festival Institute featuring DJ Spooky; NPO Camp; NextEcon Conference; and many more.

Alonso Rey Sanchez

Alonso Rey Sanchez

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The painter, Alonso Rey, (April 29, 1967 – January 30, 2017), was born in Lima, Peru. His father was a doctor and his mother was an artist. He grew up watching his mother paint, and from an early age he identified with the vocation.

 

Alonso studies at the Joe de Leon School of Graphic Design, but after two years he realized that painting was his passion. He entered the Escuela Nacional Superior Autonoma de Bellas Artes de Peru, Peru’s century old School of Fine Arts.

 

There, he learned the use of color and received the academic preparation to continue his journey of painting. “I am not fearful of expressing myself through my work. With each painting, I convince myself more that I was born to be an artist.”Alonso’s energetic and detailed brushwork and unabashed love of color is both painterly and expressionistic.

 

The artist offers us his emotions derived from his experiences in various periods of his life. His work is decidedly expressionistic in both his style and theme which makes his paintings interesting and announces the emergence of Alonso Rey as an artist to keep our eyes upon.
(bio composed by José Pivín)
 
Upon his passing, several of his works were acquired by Austin’s own Mexic-arte Museum
Emigrando
39½“ x 39½“
“Obelisco”
4-paneled mural at
Pedernales & E. 7th St, Austin, TX
Nancy Fly

Nancy Fly

Nancy fly

Nancy Fly is a South Texas oil painter, fiddler, accordion player and dog owner.  She spent much of her working life in the music business in Austin, Texas, but now resides in Harlingen, Texas where she works in her studio and pursues her art career.  Her work is in private collections across the region and the U.S., and she exhibits both locally and across the state. Her volunteer work with humanitarian organizations in the Rio Grande Valley is an important part of her involvement with her community. 

Her painting is inspired by her deep roots in the expanses of the Texas landscape, having grown up on a ranch outside of San Antonio, then moving to Corpus Christi in her teens. Her love for the outdoors, and painting outdoors, shape her creative energies. She considers herself a contemporary impressionist and an evolving abstract painter, as she’s recently been exploring abstraction as a way to convey difficult emotions not easily expressed in words.

Shopping in San Miguel
24″x18″
Cracks in the Foundation
14″x11″