Exhibition Catalogue Essay by Richard MartinDownload PDF
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David Lynch’s Twin Peaks (1990-1991) remains one of the most important television series ever made. Its distinctive combination of humour, sadness and tension still reverberates throughout our culture, influencing fashion, music and photography, as well as film and television. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of the cinematic prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), Europe’s first official exhibition of art inspired by Twin Peaks will take place in London. Thirteen internationally-exhibited artists from nine different countries will display new works at the Menier Gallery in London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.
Set amidst the glorious woods and waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest, Twin Peaks revolved around the murder of a local schoolgirl, Laura Palmer. The series ran for 30 episodes across two seasons, attracting record audiences in the United States and generating a cult following throughout the world. Alongside the series’ co-creator Mark Frost, David Lynch – the director of such celebrated films as Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986) and Mulholland Drive (2001) – crafted a world brimming with fascinating characters and unforgettable imagery. The music of Angelo Badalamenti provided a haunting soundtrack to the search for Laura’s killer, as well as the other dark and comic activities taking place in this quintessential American small town.
Curated by Suet-Ming Lau, with the blessing of David Lynch himself, this new exhibition demonstrates how the world of Twin Peaks has been interpreted and re-imagined by artists emanating from diverse backgrounds and working in a range of media.
This ‘labour of love’ project has taken several months to mount; thirteen artists from nine countries have been involved. It has led me far and wide, witnessed tears and tantrums, experienced joy and laughter, and most importantly forged new friendships. It has been marvellous working closely with this group of hugely enthusiastic participating artists, whose works demonstrate boundless creative energy, and fertile imagination. Working within different disciplines, they have created eclectic new visuals, confirming that the world of Twin Peaks holds no boundaries across the universe.
I am very proud to present this homage to David Lynch and Twin Peaks: 20th anniversary. Let’s Rock.
Producer and curator