On May, 21, 2017 Showtime aired the first episode of the long
anticipated David Lynch series Twin Peaks: The Return. The Return stoked the flame of
artists and curators worldwide who already felt deeply connected to David Lynch, his
methodology and intention. One such group of rabid fans includes Benjaman Gallery
Director Emily Tucker and a collective of artists, curators and collectors. The group
would meet every Sunday to view Twin Peaks: The Return, then dissect each episode
over doughnuts or pie. During one of their Sunday evening sessions the group arrived
at a unique way to celebrate the series return.
The collective of Lynch fans includes artist CJ Szatkowski. Together with Tucker, the
two decided they would curate a three-pronged Lynchian exhibition to open on the
visionary’s 72nd birthday, Saturday January 20th, 2018.
“We decided not only to engage contemporary artists whose work or practice was
informed by Lynch, but also to select historical work related to pieces and artists which
influenced Lynch himself,“ Tucker said. Alongside well known contemporary artists like
Bruce Adams and Virocode, Tucker and Szatkowski have selected historical printwork
by Rene Magritte and paintings by a colleague of Edward Hopper, Enid Smiley. “I only
wish I had access to a Francis Bacon, “ Tucker jokes. She felt including this historical
work added an important layer bringing the exhibition full circle in terms of influence.
In addition to collecting artwork directly related to David Lynch, the team also wanted to
include fine art created through a meditative process. The decision to have this third
body of work with pieces by Felice Koenig and Reinhard Reitzenstein, is a commentary
on a unique aspect of the exhibition opening. The Dreamer Who Dreams will be
donating a portion of all works sold and the door entry fee The David Lynch Foundation.
The David Lynch Foundation, was established in 2005 to fund the implementation of
scientifically proven stress-reducing modalities, including a Transcendental Meditation
program for at-risk populations.
Once the overall concept was in place, the team needed to find a unique and
unexpected location of which David Lynch would approve. Tucker looked to Cedarland
Development Group and Domenic Romeo, who was willing to open up the doors of the
former Eckhardt’s Department Store located at 950 broadway on Buffalo’s East Side.
This site already has an impressive artistic history, having hosted a section of Amanda
Browder’s monumental Albright Knox Art Gallery sponsored public artwork Spectral
Locus. Visible from the interior of 950 Broadway is another AKAG public artwork, Keir
Johnston and Ernel Martinez's Welcome Wall, 2017. This brightly colored, community-
oriented mural is located across the street, on the former Copacabana Jazz Club at
Doors to this one night only exhibition open at 7pm and tickets are $10. Included in the
price are refreshments, music by DJ Tokyo Drifter, drag performances, and a special
concert by the band Tenderlung. Artwork by Bruce Adams, Michael Bosworth, A.J.
Fries, Felice Koenig, Christina Laing, Samantha Lonzcak, Rene Magritte, Reinhard
Reitzenstein, Enid Smiley, CJ Szatkowski, Rich Tomasello and Dana Tyrrell will be on
Tucker and her collaborative have partnered with the ride-sharing service Lyft to offer
half priced tickets if you arrive to the event in one of their cars. All proceeds from door
sales and a portion of the sale of fine art will go back to the David Lynch Foundation.
For more information contact Emily Tucker at emily@thebenjamangallery and