Art Show & Film Series Dedicated To Enigmatic Director David Lynch
2011-03-07 · By Editor
Phone Booth Gallery & Long Beach Cinematheque Present Juried Group Exhibition, “Oh, You Are Sick…” PLUS Weekly Series Showcases Lynch Films Around Town
Phone Booth Gallery and Long Beach Cinematheque are pleased to present “Oh, You Are Sick…,” a juried group exhibition of visual work loosely informed by the films of David Lynch, the enigmatic director who turns the mundane into grisly, surreal adventures. The exhibition opens with a reception on March 12th from 7-10pm. The all-ages event will take place at Phone Booth Gallery’s exhibition space, 2533 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803. The work will remain on view through April 9th at both the exhibition space and on www.phoneboothgallery.com
Each week throughout the show, die-hard Lynch fans and curious newcomers alike can view one of Lynch’s seminal films presented by the Long Beach Cinamatheque. Each screening will be accompanied by the release of a limited edition, signed 18” x 24” print. Films will be screened at the Art Theatre of Long Beach on Friday nights at midnight (BLUE VELVET, March 4th; ERASERHEAD, March 12th; LOST HIGHWAY, March 18th; WILD AT HEART, March 25th), and FREE at Cherry Beach at 7pm (DUNE, March 4th). The Art Theatre of Long Beach is located at 2025 East 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814. Details here: http://lbcinema.org
David Lynch’s filmic oeuvre manages to pull noir, camp and—sometimes—even brutal realism together into ominous narratives and this uniquely intermeshed sensibility has been inspiring artists of all mediums for decades now. Those included in this show work primarily in two-dimensions, a format well-suited to probing Lynch’s eccentric visual world. Some explicitly respond to or appropriate the director’s imagery, like UK artist Famous When Dead whose “Rabbit” is a refined portrait of the quietly patriarchal animal that appeared first in an online sitcom and later in “Inland Empire,” or Aurora Armijo’s distraught portrait of Lynch’s repeat leading lady, Laura Dern.
But others take a looser approach. Handiedan’s “Lost Highway” is, like all of her work, fragmented and darkly nostalgic—in other words, wholly resonate with a Lynchian aesthetic—and Bryan Schnelle’s slick explorations of the visually absurd have an unsettling glamour that would be at home in “Mulholland Drive,” or even parts of “Blue Velvet.” David Atkinson’s bloody “What About Bob” makes implicit, eerie Lynchian violence aggressively explicit, and John Ottinger’s “Dark Father” speculates on what would have happened if Lynch had directed “Return of the Jedi.”
It’s been forty years since David Lynch moved to Los Angeles, and thirty-five since “Eraserhead” debuted. In that time, he’s become embedded in the collective psyches of aesthetes and film buffs. This exhibition explores what his legacy might mean, though it makes no definitive interpretation, generously leaving the interpreting to its viewers.
About Phone Booth Gallery
Established in 2008, Phone Booth Gallery exhibits many talented contemporary artists from around the globe. Owned and operated out of Long Beach, CA. www.phoneboothgallery.com
About Long Beach Cinematheque
Long Beach Cinematheque is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by Logan Crow and dedicated to the celebration and study of classic and independent cinema by providing opportunities for the Long Beach community to experience and share film classics throughout the city; by curating special events that incorporate film with live music and multimedia art; by collaborating with independent organizations and theatres in shared community events; by supporting with scholarships the efforts and dreams of student filmmakers; and by welcoming guest speakers such as filmmakers and film historians to speak to audiences as part of their cinematic experience.
For more information about the event, or to schedule an interview with any of the artists, please contact Garry Booth.