This is the second ‘Twin Peaks’ exhibit I’ve been fortunate enough to partake in, each time sporting that little red dress with a pinned blue rose. The first took place in February of 2011 at the legendary Clifton’s Cafeteria in Los Angeles, a rather fitting locale that bared a strong resemblance to the Great Northern Hotel (except with more animatronics). Accompanied by Eric Diaz of Geekscape, we waited in line together for what seemed like forever, but found ourselves graciously rewarded with an experience like no other. We crammed our way throughout the entire scape of the crowded restaurant, noting the complimentary cherry pie, doughnuts, and coffee being granted, and even discovered a section of the building was converted into the Black Lodge for the occasion. The restaurant was surrounded with many incredible artworks of all mediums, including pieces from David Lynch and actress Grace Zabriskie themselves. Although the exhibit itself was a brief one, only having ran the course of a weekend, Eric and I felt as if we left with a piece of good ol’ Americana itself – with a venture to the heart of Twin Peaks. I even nabbed myself a souvenir coffee mug!
Fourteen months later, it is happening again…
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the film prequel, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.” To commemorate, a series of artists brought us a multitude of amazing pieces ranging from very stunningly detailed oil paintings of Audrey Horne to sculptures of pies with skulls to some of David Lynch’s very own monoprints for the group exhibition of “Fire Walk With Me” at the metropolitan Copro Gallery in Santa Monica.
Once again being accompanied by Eric, as well as Logan Crow, we were welcomed inside by hypnotic 50’s tunes and a projection of miscellaneous overlapping scenes. Greeted by “The Bang Bang Bar” neon sign and a tower of donuts (and coffee, of course),we began our journey into a world like no other. One major contrast Eric and I noticed from the get-go was the theme in comparison to last year’s: this collection, much like the movie, was much darker. “Bob” was much more prominent in many of the works, giving the exhibit a much more eerie vibe than the previous exhibit.
Nevertheless, the energy and atmosphere of such an event would be difficult to put into words. We encountered many individuals from all walks of life, young and old alike. Some not only came solely for attendance’s sake, but to participate, many of which dressed up as their favorite TP character for the occasion. Many interviews and notable commentary was exchanged amongst the hoard of Lynchian fans, making the experience much more personable than any standard art exhibit.
Don’t miss the opportunity to catch probably one of the most distinctive and innovative visual exposés of everyone’s favorite logging town! And don’t forget to bring a damn fine cup of coffee.