Sperone Westwater Gallery (257 Bowery) presents their first exhibition featuring new work by acclaimed filmmaker and master artist David Lynch beginning today. The show, “Squeaky Flies in the Mud,” features paintings, works on paper, watercolors, lamp sculptures and furniture.
Lynch’s five-decade career includes an extensive range of art-making— painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, music and film. While studying at the Boston Museum School and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in the late 1960s, Lynch envisioned his first ‘moving painting’; a multidimensional painting beneath a moving projection titled Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times) (1967). This multimedia work marked Lynch’s first foray into video and filmmaking. Since that time, his prolific career has touched on subjects of the organic body and industrial sites in various states of decay, describing a deeper human experience both beyond and within the everyday. Often depicting these scenes with a language of surrealism and mystery, Lynch’s work balances at the porous divide between the body and the world it inhabits.
Film fans, like myself, know David Lynch as the creator of incomparable classics like Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001), Inland Empire (2006) and the television series Twin Peaks (1990-91), not to mention the brilliant follow-up, Twin Peaks: The Return (2017) .
Lynch will be on hand for a public reception on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 5p – 7p. The show runs through Dec. 21.