Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris

David Lynch. The exhibition of lithographs and photographs

25.11.2009 — 05.01.2010 | Rondo Sztuki Art Gallery in Katowice

The exhibition was part of the ⅩⅧ Festival Ars Cameralis 2009 and took place in Rondo Sztuki Art Gallery in Katowice.

Exhibition in Rondo Sztuki was an opportunity to understand through painting and photography unusual cinematic language, which has become a refined style, described by the adjective „Lynch-style”. In 1997, Lynch described what he feels when creating graphics: It’s the same kind of excitement that accompanies you when you receive a photo of the call. Despite the fact that you did it yourself, the prints will never look like what is seen by the camera. The result is always a surprise — exactly the same with the creation of graphics. Thanks to the actions and reactions begin to happen exciting things.

In paintings and drawings by Lynch you clearly see the spirit of inspiration expressionist Oskar Kokoschka (with whom he wanted to study), fascination with the way the presentation, exemptions and acceleration in the paintings of Francis Bacon and Edward Hopper dream world. One of the most respected and popular American directors today began his career painting and animation.

The first short films ("Six Figures Getting Sick” and „The Alphabet") constitute a transition from two-dimensional canvas space to the third dimension of cinema: — It started with one of my paintings. I do not remember which — but it was almost entirely black. Any figure occupied the center of the canvas. As I watched the picture, I felt a breath of air and saw minimal movement. Then I wanted to make my images began to move … (Lynch on Lynch).

Lynch photographs can be divided into several categories. One of them acts largely processed by computer, monochrome, surreal silhouettes of women, like the characters from the paintings of Francis Bacon. The director uses as a base the old nineteenth-century photographs, which were then modified in Photoshop. Another category are the factories. In fact, anyone who has heard anything more about David Lynch, should know his passion for industrial culture. It’s just this fascination drew him to our country. Lynch, passionately photographed in black and white abandoned factories, trying to reach their darkest corners and secrets.