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David Lynch: Between Two Worlds Exhibition

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David Lynch in Los Angeles, August 2014. Photograph: Just Loomis

WARNING: some images in this article may shock sensitive readers due to their graphic nature.

Fans of 1990's Twin Peaks might not be aware that the auteur behind the moody, surreal, red-curtained, backwards-talking-dwarf, coffee and pie filled murder mystery is more than just a writer and TV director. In a career spanning over 50 years, David Lynch has created paintings, drawings, lithographs, photographs, and of course, film and TV works. He's also turned his hand to everything from animation, music and soundtracks to acting, art direction and even special effects.

That's why it's such a coup for The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) to be showing David Lynch: Between Two Worlds; an exclusive exhibition of the art and cinema of David Lynch, with the man himself in attendance for an artist-in-conversation event that's sure to book out.

José Da Silva, Senior Curator of Australian Cinémathèque at QAGoMA, said David Lynch: Between Two Worlds explores three ideas that connect the artist's practice across art, cinema and music: 'Man and machine', 'The extra-ordinary', and 'Psychic aches' — ideas that open us up to the possibility of finding a deeper reality in our experience of the everyday.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said the Gallery was working directly with the renowned American artist to bring together the exhibit at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) from 14 March until 7 June 2015.

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David Lynch, United States b.1946 / This Man Was Shot 0.9502 Seconds Ago 2004 / Mixed media on giclée print / 182.8 x 304.8cm / Courtesy: David Lynch / © The artist


David Lynch first trained as a painter and has maintained a studio practice that reflects a fascination with industry and organic phenomena, subconscious drives and a desire to look beneath the surface, concerns that also permeate his cinema," said Mr Saines.

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David Lynch, United States b. 1946 / Airplane and Tower 2013 / Oil and mixed media on canvas / 182.8 x 304.8cm / Courtesy: David Lynch and Kayne Griffin Corcoran / © The artist


Just a quick look over some of his body of film work confirms Lynch's position as a true artist: Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), the cult classics Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986), the Cannes Film Festival winner Wild at Heart (1990), Lost Highway (1997) and Mulholland Drive (2001) to name a few.

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David Lynch, United States b.1946 / Emily Screaming #1 2008 / Epson Digigraphie print on aluminium / 80 x 80cm / Courtesy: David Lynch / © The artist


In addition to rarely seen paintings and drawings from the mid 1960s, the exhibition includes lithographs, an important presentation of Lynch's photographs of factories and nudes, recent large-scale paintings, and a complete retrospective of his film, video and television work," said Mr Saines.

Details of exclusive events, including an artist in-conversation, public programs and special musical performances, as well as celebrations of the anniversary of television series Twin Peaks 1990–91, will be announced shortly."

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David Lynch, United States b.1946 / Arm of Sores 2007 / Lithograph on Japanese Bunko-Shi paper / 66 x 89cm / Courtesy: David Lynch / © The artist


While there have been exhibits of some of Lynch's works overseas, this specially-curated program featuring more than 200 works will be the largest retrospective of his work to date. Tickets will be on sale December 2014. For more information please visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/davidlynch

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When: March to June 2015
Phone: (07) 3840 7303
Where: GoMA
Cost: TBC
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