POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
David Lynch’s exhibition “New Painting”, opens September 12th at Griffin and runs through December 12th.
Can we fault art for movie director David Lynch’s impenetrable Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me? Contemporary art likes to avoid linear narrative in the language of paint, and since The LA Times Culture Monster reports the expert of creep will exhibit his first solo show of paintings in nearly a decade this fall, one medium might be informing the other. And not in a good way. I don’t want to sound like a jerk, but just as a few too many of the great director’s films indulge in cliche nonsensical weirdness for the sake of nonsensical weirdness, the painting pictured above employs iconography typical of the macabre Sunday painter. But perhaps Lynch’s latest body of work should be seen as a challenge to Contemporary artists. Who will be the first artist to successfully employ a question mark and cross like structure in their work while avoiding cliche? I’m not convinced this is a challenge I necessarily want to get behind, but surely positive results would be a feat. Lynch’s exhibition is launched in conjuction with James Corcoran Gallery, a commercial space with out a website.