"Everybody’s Doin’ It"
With a title that might recall adolescent peer pressure or (less likely) a 1911 Irving Berlin song about the dance craze of the early 20th century, FL!GHT Gallery’s end-of-year offering “Everybody’s Doin’ It” unites the intriguing trio of Lubbock-based artists/curators Jeff F. Wheeler and Maisie Marie Alford and underground legend/multitalented wildcard Daniel Johnston. Known for his “surreal and often humorous take on life on the Plains,” Wheeler has exhibited work everywhere from India to Peru and is the creative mind behind Ulterior Motifs, a multimedia music and art happening now in its 15th year. Co-curator at Lubbock’s Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Alford maintains a collage sensibility in paintings, drawings and reconfigured photographs but also creates curious sculptural installations and high-concept jewelry. Deemed a “cult icon” by the BBC, Austin-based California native Daniel Johnston is known best as a lo-fi singer-songwriter but his cartoon character Jeremiah the Innocent (an alien-like frog that first graced his 1983 album Hi, How Are You and notably wound up on a T-shirt favored by Kurt Cobain) is so widely recognized—thanks in part to an landmark Austin mural that even has its own Yelp listing—it was adapted as a collectible figurine in 2008. In lieu of a First Friday opening, FL!GHT unveils the group show in the form of a BYOB New Year’s Eve party promising “big-time art starting at $20,” music by DJ Rasta Mike, “mouth watering brisket” and lots of surprises. Free, 8pm-2am, FL!GHT Gallery, 134 Blue Star, (210) 872-2586. —Bryan Rindfuss