While mostly recognized as the director of such films as “Eraserhead,” “Wild at Heart” and “Mullholland Drive,” David Lynch has long turned his hand to other media. About 80 of his works, encompassing photography, painting, music and short films are being brought together for an exhibition at the Laforet Museum. “David Lynch: Chaos Theory of Violence and Silence” includes some of his early pieces as well as those created in recent years, which are being shown in Japan for the first time.
The exhibition opens with two small selections of black-and-white photographs reflecting, respectively, his concerns with the human body and with the industrial world, with its detritus of disused and desolate buildings. While still photography is a relatively late departure for Lynch, his work as a painter goes way back. As an art student it was the desire to see one of his paintings move that prompted him to animate it, setting him on his filmmaking path. On a perpetual loop is “16MM Experiments from 1968,” a 21 minute-long collection of Lynch’s early efforts. In one section he uses mirrored human and insect forms to create some de-familiarized and bizarre imagery.