The exhibition “David Lynch: From the Fringes of the Mind” is at GYRE GALLERY until Sunday, June 23. To discover more about David Lynch, see this article.

“David Lynch: From the Fringes of the Mind” is the inaugural exhibition for the new GYRE GALLERY. The show allows visitors to get a feel for the mind and creativity of the artist David Lynch through paintings, photographs, and film. Takayo Iida, the planner and curator of this solo exhibition, has a long acquaintance with David Lynch’s work, and a friendship that has grown over the years. To learn more, we asked Iida about Lynch’s close relationship with art and a range of other topics. His comments provide valuable insights that give a deeper appreciation of the realm of Lynch’s works.

I. “ Treasured works ”
II. “ What’s with the black cabin ? ”
III. “ Fringes of the Mind ? ”
IV. “ The reason he paints ”
V. “ His art is also first-rate. ”
VI. “ Something foreign in the midst of the ordinary ”
VII. “ His works are actually comical ?! ”
VIII. “ What kind of person is Lynch ? ”
VIIII. “ The same movie for three years ?! ”
X. “ Healing ”

  • question-menu-1
  • I. “ Treasured works ”

    How were the works
    in this exhibition selected?

  • II. “ What’s with the black cabin ? ”

    Why is there a black cabin with a burned, caved-in roof?

  • III. “ Fringes of the Mind ? ”

    What does the title
    “From the Fringes of the Mind” mean?

  • IV. “ The reason he paints ”

    Why does Lynch keep painting?

  • V. “ His art is also first-rate. ”

    How is Lynch’s art received?

  • VI. “ Something foreign in the midst of the ordinary ”

    What kind of photography is being exhibited?

  • VII. “ His works are actually comical ?! ”

    Lynch has a reputation as the King of Cult.
    Who do you think he makes his films and art for?

  • VIII. “ What kind of person is Lynch ? ”

    What kind of person is the everyday David Lynch?

  • VIIII. “ The same movie for three years ?! ”

    What David Lynch film has had a particular impact on you?

  • X. “ Healing ”

    Why do you continue to be drawn to Lynch’s films and art?

Takayo Iida interviewing David Lynch at his West Hollywood studio, 2007.
  • Takayo Iida

    Born in 1956 in Tokyo. Joined Fuji Television Gallery in 1980, where he organized exhibitions for Kusama Yayoi and others. Became active as an independent curator in 1990. Organized a series of contemporary art exhibitions at Koishikawa Annex, The University Museum, University of Tokyo starting 2003. Curated Sugimoto Hiroshi (2004) and Yokoo Tadanori (2006) exhibitions at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, France. Became Professor at the Research Center of Arts, Kyoto University of Art & Design in 2007, and organized the War and Art exhibition series. Curated Comme des Garçons’ “Six“ art space in Shinsaibashi, Osaka, and provided direction for the EYE OF GYRE gallery at GYRE. Positions held include Chief Curator of Aomori Museum of Art and Board Member of Mori Art Museum. Currently serves as Director of Sgùrr Dearg Institute for Sociology of the Arts and Director of GYRE GALLERY. Member of International Association of Art Critics.

  • David Lynch

    Born in 1946 in Montana, U.S.A. Film director and painter. Studied at art schools in Boston and other locations before moving to Philadelphia and entering Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Later moved to Los Angeles and produced the feature-length film Eraserhead, released in 1977. Other feature-length films include The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), Wild at Heart (1990), Mulholland Drive (2001), and Inland Empire (2006). Other major works include the television crime drama Twin Peaks (1990~91). Featured as the subject of the major art retrospective The Air is on Fire at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, France in 2007.

There are rules that apply to both painting and cinema—rules that should be followed. They are very intimate. They are abstract. Besides, they conceal infinite possibilities, to the extent that sometimes it seems as though they don’t exist at all. Nevertheless, the rules definitely do exist. They can’t be written down in books, but they are an innate part of our minds and spirits. Immediately before action or decision, or immediately after, they reveal their existence through intuition. These rules apply to all artistic media. Following them will bring happiness.

- David Lynch

“ David Lynch: From the Fringes of the Mind ”

Period:2019.4.19 (Fri) – 2019.6.23 (Sun)
Hours:11:00 – 20:00 / Open every day / Admission free
Venue:GYRE GALLERY – GYRE 3F
Organizer:GYRE
Curation:Takayo Iida (Sgùrr Dearg Institute for Sociology of the Arts)
Exhibition installation:Taketo Kobayashi / Haruka Ohta / Hisaya Ito
Graphic design:Rikako Nagashima (village®)
Cooperation:David Lynch Studio / Anna Skarbek / Kayne Griffin Corcoran / Villa magical 2014 / Scai the Bathhouse / Taketo Kobayashi / HiRAO INC.
Contact:GYRE (03-3498-6990)

In the atrium, an installation is presented that uses wires to join together an enormous number of uncut flyers. Graphic designer Rikako Nagashima handled the art direction, inspired by the concept behind the exhibition “David Lynch: From the Fringes of the Mind.”

Period:2019.4.14 (Sunday)– 2019.6.23 (Sunday)
Hours:11:00 – 20:00 / Open every day
Art direction:Rikako Nagashima (village®)
Organizer:GYRE
Cooperation:HiRAO INC
Contact:GYRE (03-3498-6990)
Venue:Atrium - GYRE B1F – 5F