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Ode to Lynch
03.09.2009
A new show in Berlin investigates 30 rising artists who hold David LYNCH as their ultimate inspiration.

David Nicholson (photographed above with Jana Wildatheart)
David Nicholson (photographed above with Jana Wildatheart)
Norman Mailer said of the composer and writer Paul Bowles that he was the first to "let in the murder, the drugs, the incest, the death of the square... the call of the orgy, the end of civilization. "I think Lynch has a similar sensibility and priority. For me the beginning of Blue Velvet, the opening scene with the suburban lawn and fire engine, distills the essence of his American vision. This idea that behind the domestic facade there lurks a world of monsters and deformities that are locked in conflict with our ideal of happiness. For me he's a deeply American storyteller.

Places like Clarksdale, Mississippi remind me that Lynch's films are soundly rooted in truths about American culture. Such small towns are filled with local characters who on the one hand are simply pursuing their own version of our constitutionally promised happiness, and at the same time are playing out an inheritance of hatred, violence, and self deception that undermines and deforms the dream. It's in places like Clarkdale and thousands of towns like it that we find people that distort one's expectation of what a human being can be, and call to mind characters out of a Lynch film. There's a meditation spoken by the character Claggart in the film, Billy Budd as he looks out at the sea. He reflects that on the surface all is calm, yet beneath is "a world of gliding monsters preying on their fellows." That line sums up Lynch in my opinion.
David Nicholson
Interview by Ana Finel Honigman
Photography by Maxime Ballesteros
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