Pace Gallery | David Lynch Big Bongo Night
Pace Gallery | David Lynch Big Bongo Night


04/11/2022 - 17/12/2022    
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Pace Gallery
540 West 25th Street, New York, NY

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Pace Gallery

David Lynch

Big Bongo Night


Nov 4 – Dec 17, 2022
New York

Opening Reception:
Nov 3, 2022
6 – 8 PM
540 West 25th Street
New York

Pace is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new and recent work by David Lynch, marking the artist’s first show with the gallery.


Titled Big Bongo Night, the exhibition will feature mixed media sculptures, paintings, and a work on paper that shed light on Lynch’s distinctive visual arts practice. Concurrent with Lynch’s debut at Pace, Sperone Westwater in New York will present I Like to See My Sheep, a show dedicated to his works on paper that follows the artist’s major solo exhibition of paintings, sculptures, and drawings with the gallery in 2019.


The artist’s first exhibition with Pace—bringing together disquieting scenes on wood panel and paper as well as sculptures with light components—will spotlight his storytelling abilities. Lynch’s artworks often meditate on moments of disruption in domestic, everyday settings. Rife with unsettling, threatening, and enigmatic images, the artist’s work draws from the visual languages of Surrealism and Art Brut. Bringing madcap forms and media into conversation, Lynch’s semi-abstract paintings, which often feature flattened compositions and perspectival distortions, explore enactments of bodily and industrial decay. At the core of these works is a pervasive unease that speaks to the dark realities of contemporary American life.Among the paintings included in Lynch’s forthcoming show with Pace is Airplane in Sky / Ant (2022), a fantastical tableau depicting a distressed ant at its center and incorporating playful textual elements. “It comes with the idea and it’s the idea that starts you, and then it’s this process of action and reaction,” Lynch has said of his approach to painting. “This is the thing you hope to keep alive. And there’s got to be a freedom to say, that didn’t work, it’s got to go. Then in the process of destruction, a beautiful new thing can emerge…random things, random choices and then—bang, an idea comes.”A selection of Lynch’s mixed media lamp sculptures will also figure prominently in the exhibition. These works— forged with various combinations of steel, wood, resin, plexiglass, and plaster—are derived from the artist’s early paintings and experimentations with projection and moving images. Depending on their material makeups, these structures range from linear to geometric to biomorphic. “Electricity is so thrilling and think about wood…Nature supplies this for us, all different kinds of wood, and the structure of it can be sawed, sanded, shaped, polished, turned into furniture, so many things like houses,” Lynch has said of his fascination with the sculptures’ materiality.


Installation view.

Installation view.





David-Lynch Portrait of David Lynch, photography by Josh Telles.

Portrait of David Lynch, photography by Josh Telles.

About the Artist


David Lynch’s five-decade career spans an extensive range of artmaking including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, music, and film.


Over the past three decades he has written and directed critically acclaimed films such as Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001), Inland Empire (2006) and the television series Twin Peaks (1990–91). While studying painting at the Boston Museum School and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the late 1960s, Lynch envisioned his first ‘moving painting,’ a multidimensional composition beneath a moving projection titled Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times) (1967). This multimedia work marked Lynch’s first foray into video and filmmaking. Since then, his prolific career has touched on subjects of the organic body and industrial sites in various states of decay, describing a deeper human experience both beyond and within the everyday. Often depicting scenes with an eye toward surrealism and mystery, Lynch’s work balances the porous divide between the body and the world it inhabits.


Lynch has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including The Air is on Fire: 40 years of Paintings, Photographs, Drawings, Experimental Films, and Sound Creations, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France (2007), which traveled to La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy (2008); Cultural Foundation Ekaterina, Moscow (2009), and GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark (2011); David Lynch: The Factory Photographs, Photographers’ Gallery, London (2014); David Lynch: Squeaky Flies in the Mud, Sperone Westwater, New York (2019); David Lynch: My Head is Disconnected, HOME, Manchester, United Kingdom (2019), and David Lynch: From the Fringes of the Mind, Gyre Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2019). Retrospectives of his work include Someone is in my House, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2018–19); Silence and Dynamism, Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland (2017–18); Between Two Worlds, Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia (2015), and The Air is on Fire, Fondation Cartier, Paris (2007). In 2013, Brett Littman curated a thematic selection of works utilizing “naming” through narrative text at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, which traveled to the Middlebrough Institute of Modern Art (2014–15). In 2014, a survey was presented at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where the artist previously studied painting.