…and it looks pretty good! The show opens today, but the reception for Lynch is on March 16th–and he’ll be there. No events planned, sadly- but you never know what impromptu shenanigans the maven might craft between then and now, time and schedule permitting.
Most Lynch fans already know that he began his career as a painter, and has always been equally committed as a visual artist, despite his iconic status as a filmmaker. Like many others that began with painting (Tony Oursler is the best example), Lynch began to make short films in an attempt to animate is work– or make his paintings move. An all-around master of composition, Lynch has consistently imbued various forms of visual media into his work throughout his career (from paintings, sculpture, works on paper to photography). An exhibition of these facets of his creative practice (if articulated properly) should provide insight to the conceptual underpinning for his oeuvre. As well as perspectives regarding the future direction his creativity will head.
According to the exhibition’s press release, his recent works “combine primitively drawn figures and text with thick textured areas of paint and, often, inserted lit colored light bulbs. Narrative subjects exhibit Lynch’s trademark whimsy, wit and humor along with his recognizable penchant for the ambiguous, yet precisely depicted, frozen moment that unveils an instinctual,
often violent or tragic human emotion, almost verging on the absurd.
Lynch’s abstract sculpture, also incorporating lit light bulbs, is simultaneously anthropomorphic, surreal and humorous. More than anything, Lynch’s art is, in all its manifestations, a vessel for his own quirky but unified and consistent vision. A formal line and shape, surrealist and biomorphic in nature, unites the narrative watercolors and paintings with the more abstract photographs, “Distorted Nudes,” the sculpture on display, and the 42-second film also being shown in this exhibition. Lynch’s world view and his ability to capture a mysterious undercurrent in the American psyche illuminates his art across all media.”
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