“A dark optimism. L’inquieto sguardo di David Lynch” exhibition featuring Lynch’s lithographs and photographs opens in Pietrasanta tonight

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“A dark optimism. L’inquieto sguardo di David Lynch (The anxious gaze of David Lynch)” is the title of an exhibition of photographs and lithographs by the American filmmaker David Lynch. The show opens tonight at Palazzo Panichi, in Pietrasanta.

“Women and machines” is a photographic series the filmmaker produced in 2013, at the Studio Idem. He has also produced over 200 lithographs at the studio – which through the last century was workspace to Picasso, Giacometti, Matisse and Cocteau. The exhibition in Pietrasanta is an Italian Premiere… its dwells in the lynchian multiverse and speaks in muffled screams of the dual theme of woman as seductress and creative force, and machine as both instrument of doing and undoing.

The opening is tonight at 7pm.

Lynch is one of the most original – and strange – filmmakers working today. That’s really a crude understatement… his films, like “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive” mix dream-logic and very dark inner states – they inhabit, or rather haunt, very peculiar spaces. Lynch started as a painter and he has continued over the years, to work in the visual arts, in painting, music, photography and lithography.

Calling Lynch multifaceted would add to our crude understatement, yet that versatility is why, we believe, the City of Pietrasanta has chosen to include this exhibit in its celebration of the 450th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo… so we’ll go along here and reluctantly agree that Lynch is a Renaissance Man – if only a Renaissance man after his … our … age.

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David Lynch
“A dark optimism.” L’inquieto sguardo di David Lynch”
From the 23rd of August to the 14th of September, 2014.
Palazzo Panichi
Pietrasanta

FREE and open to the public.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from 7pm to midnight.

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