David Lynch, whom we know from films like Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive and Blue Velvet, is in Istanbul with his photographs and engravings.
David Lynch is a exceptional director who hates slick and pretty things, who finds color a little too real, and sees beauty in the darker things; who prefers mistakes and accidents and who is inspired by the peculiarities unique to humankind and makes all their quirks and rot - in short their spiritual and material detritus - the stuff of his imaginary world. And now he is in Istanbul with his photographs and engravings as the guest of Artane in Tophane from April 9th.
A lone tree, a lost dog, a crumbling old house... Before David Lynch went into cinema, he used to paint abstract expressionist paintings. As he puts it, “I was in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts. And I was just a painter, and I was happy painting. And then I was working on a painting and it was a figure in a garden. It was pretty much all black and this figure was emerging out of darkness. And there was some little bit of green, you know, coming out. I heard a wind and I saw the figure move. And I thought that I wanted to have some movement, some sound in the painting. I wanted to hear that wind over the figure.” For Lynch the experience was the start of an urge to make films, and he made his first short film, ‘Six Men Getting Sick’, as a result. His first feature film, ‘Eraserhead’, which he finished in 1977, became a cult film within a short time, cementing Lynch’s place in American Cinema. But to get back to where we started: We are going to witness in Lynch’s works the predominant theme of innocence has been trapped in a corrupt world.
“The place where I start out and the place I arrive at are never the same. Be it painting or film, I always start to work with a script but I never remain faithful to it to the end. When you are open and let yourself go with the flow, when you allow yourself to react and be influenced, a lot more things begin to happen. Every work ‘talks’ with you, and if you listen it will take you places you can’t even imagine. It is this mutual interaction that enriches the work even more.”
The exhibition of David Lynch’s photographs and engravings is on at Artane April 9 - May 29.