The films of American director David Lynch are extremely well known, but this is not necessarily the case of his pictorial, graphic, musical and multimedia work. It is easy to intuit from his films that Lynch possesses a privileged gaze. The reiterated combination of complementary colors and chromatic triangulations which comprise the foundations of painting, the eccentric use of chiaroscuro and the morbid atmospheres which we have witnessed in his feature films remind us of Carvaggio’s gloominess or Marx Ernst’s surrealism.

Now we have the opportunity to appreciate this other creative phase that David Lynch has expressed throughout five decades. Formed as a visual artist, he eventually chose the marvels of film as a means of creation, but he never abandoned the afternoons and nights before his easel gripping paintbrushes, pencils or feathers.

Last year we could listen to “The Big Dream”, an album in which the acclaimed director poured his musical skills. He has also been involved in shoe and yoga apparel design, so his incursion into the art galleries is far from surprising.

David Lynch: The Unified Field opened in Pennsylvania Academy on September 13th and will close on January 15th, 2015. This exhibition gathers a great number of works that take a thorough tour through the director’s imagination. Conceptions surrounding the human body, childhood memories, flashbacks, nightmares and passions are explored.

The emotional intensity of Lynch’s paintings was fundamental to make sense of the exhibition’s curatorial design. Being the intriguing narrator that he is, this chapter of his professional life had to be permeated by that celestial, mysterious and dismal plot which characterizes him.

The films of American director David Lynch are extremely well known, but this is not necessarily the case of his pictorial, graphic, musical and multimedia work. It is easy to intuit from his films that Lynch possesses a privileged gaze. The reiterated combination of complementary colors and chromatic triangulations which comprise the foundations of painting, the eccentric use of chiaroscuro and the morbid atmospheres which we have witnessed in his feature films remind us of Carvaggio’s gloominess or Marx Ernst’s surrealism.

Now we have the opportunity to appreciate this other creative phase that David Lynch has expressed throughout five decades. Formed as a visual artist, he eventually chose the marvels of film as a means of creation, but he never abandoned the afternoons and nights before his easel gripping paintbrushes, pencils or feathers.

Last year we could listen to “The Big Dream”, an album in which the acclaimed director poured his musical skills. He has also been involved in shoe and yoga apparel design, so his incursion into the art galleries is far from surprising.

David Lynch: The Unified Field opened in Pennsylvania Academy on September 13th and will close on January 15th, 2015. This exhibition gathers a great number of works that take a thorough tour through the director’s imagination. Conceptions surrounding the human body, childhood memories, flashbacks, nightmares and passions are explored.

The emotional intensity of Lynch’s paintings was fundamental to make sense of the exhibition’s curatorial design. Being the intriguing narrator that he is, this chapter of his professional life had to be permeated by that celestial, mysterious and dismal plot which characterizes him.

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