The Unified Field: David Lynch at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

It was a very big deal in early October when David Lynch announced via Twitter that there would be a new (short) season of Twin Peaks in 2016 – twenty-five years later, just as the last episode promised. The big deal is not just a matter of people liking the show and wanting to know what happened next. It was more that Lynch, who will be 69 years old in January, seems to have already entered his Emeritus Years. He has a foundation dedicated to getting people to practice Transcendental Meditation, and for a while that seemed to be his principal concern.[i] His last feature film, Inland Empire, was released in 2006. Since then, it’s been short films, music videos, commercials, promotional films, guest appearances (on Family Guy), concert videos (Duran Duran for Unstaged: An Original Series for American Express), his own line of coffee, a predictably-nutty Ice Bucket Challenge, and in the past few years, retrospectives. All this amounts to an artist winding down, enjoying his accolades, and amusing himself. One might wonder if Lynch has anything left to do, creativity-wise.

As it turns out, Lynch has been painting as well, as he always has. Unlike other directors who began in television or editing or theater or photography or writing, Lynch started as a painter, attending the Corcoran School of Art, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. PAFA is currently hosting an exhibition of Lynch’s artwork (he has had other recent exhibitions in London, Frankfurt, Munich, Copenhagen, and elsewhere) and if you can get there, you should go. It runs through January 11, 2015. Continue reading