If art shows inspired by quirky celebrities are your thing, it is apparently a good time to be in San Francisco. We told you about the Nicolas Cage art show that's happening in the Mission in April -- and it turns out there is also a David Lynch art show going on right now at Spoke Art Gallery on Sutter Street!
"In Dreams: An Art Show Tribute to David Lynch" features artwork by over 50 international artists, each drawing inspiration from director David Lynch's various films. The selected artwork, as surreal and visually striking as the films themselves, use mediums ranging from photography to sculpture.
"It's Lynch's methods of story-telling that appeal to me the most," said Kate Copeland, one of the artists whose art is featured in the show. "[His films have] narratives that seem safe and familiar, but have an underlying corruption."
This description also fits one of Copeland's pieces in the show, "Audrey," a watercolor painting of the charter Audrey Horne from the TV series Twin Peaks, directed by Lynch. At first glance, the piece looks like it's simply a painting of a woman smoking a cigarette, but if you look more closely, the woman's head and the hand holding the cigarette appear detached from each other and are floating in space. See? Both familiar and corrupted.
"Film has always been a strong influence in my work," said Copeland, "a direct influence as seen in the paintings for the show, but also subtle inspirations such as the lighting or composition of the scene."
Although this is the first David Lynch tribute show Spoke Art has had, they have been known to host film director-inspired art shows in the past. They had a show in August 2013 in tribute to Martin Scorsese, and they put on a Wes Anderson show every year, which featured some of Copeland's art this past November. Copeland's art will be displayed in several more Spoke shows over the next year.
"I love having my art in these pop culture exhibitions," Copeland said, "they combine my love for film and portraiture."
If you can't wait until the Nicolas Cage art show to get your fix of art inspired by quirky celebrities, check out the David Lynch show. The exhibit runs through March 29.