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Naming - David Lynch

Naming - David Lynch


Exhibition Catalogue

David Lynch – probably best known as a film and television director – originally studied painting at the Boston Museum School and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has exhibited widely internationally at many prestigious galleries, and is acclaimed in painting, photography, printmaking and drawing. Lynch’s film and television work – such as Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and the iconic Twin Peaks – is known for being visually striking, surreal, dream-like, disturbing and beautiful: many of these qualities can be seen in his fine art.

The exhibition traces how Lynch uses ‘naming’ in film, photography, drawings, watercolours, painting and prints from 1968 to the present. The complex relationship between objects and their names has been a point of departure in his work since The Alphabet, the second short film he made as a student in 1968 and shown as part of the exhibition. For Lynch, the act of naming something is never simple: names are not always descriptive of objects in Lynch’s universe. His images and text, working together in unusual ways, create new meanings and a deeper understanding of how language operates.

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