Besides a David Lynch retro at IFC, “Twin Peaks” trivia at Videology and good old-fashioned binge-watching at home, here’s another way to get your mind right — or rather, properly addled — before the “Twin Peaks” revival in May: a David Lynch Tribute art show.
“In Dreams” opens Saturday at the Spoke Art Gallery on the Lower East Side, featuring Lynch-inspired works by over 80 international artists.
The San Francisco-based contemporary art gallery, which only recently opened its New York City location, is known for curating pop-culture themed tributes. Past shows have included odes to Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese and a Quentin Tarantino vs. Coen Brothers mashup.
Spoke NYC gallery director Jessica Ross tells us the gallery first hosted a David Lynch tribute show back in 2014. But when they learned of the upcoming “Twin Peaks” revival, they thought it’d be perfect timing to put on a second installment at the New York City location, she says.
For the show, the curators hand-selected the contributing artists, but gave them full freedom to create inspirations based on anything from Lynch’s oeuvre. Many nod to “Twin Peaks,” like LA-based artist Matt Skiff’s graphic comic-style rendering of the creepy mirror shot of Cooper from Season 2 finale, or Brooklyn-based artist Justin Hager’s Renaissance-esque painting of Laura Palmer’s plastic-wrapped corpse being carried out as Leland, Bob, Cooper and more look on in anguish.
You’ll also see an alternate “Mulholland Drive” movie poster of an L.A. diner in dusky blues and pink from graphic designer George Townley, or surrealist Allison Reimold’s “Blue Velvet” homage intertwining Laura Dern’s and Isabella Rosellini’s faces in an eerie yin and yang.
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While the show runs through April 30, opening night on Saturday has plenty of perks: free beer from Bronx Brewery, Twin Peaks postcards and “I Heart Dale Cooper” and “Welcome to Twin Peaks” pins from Etsy, and a raffle giveaway to select screenings from Roxy Cinema’s upcoming Lynch retro, with the first hundred guests receiving free tickets to the Roxy’s May 1 showing of “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.”
Possibly the best part: a Black Lodge photo booth, which will recreate the red room from scratch. Ross says she ordered flooring she’s going to paint a Chevron pattern on, $200 worth of red curtains and a leather club chair. “Anyone who’s ever watched ‘Twin Peaks’ has probably wanted to be in a room like that,” she says. “We just wanted to create it for the fans.”
All pieces will be for sale, with a portion of proceeds going to the David Lynch Foundation of transcendental meditation.
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