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Monday, July 14th, 2014

David Lynch in “Abnormcore” at Room East


David Lynch, Espresso Table, 1988. Birch plywood, steel, steel wire with turnbuckle, 18 x 13 x 13 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Room East.

David Lynch, Espresso Table, 1988. Birch plywood, steel, steel wire with turnbuckle, 18 x 13 x 13 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Room East.

Everything David Lynch does is worth consuming, even the stuff he’s not known for. His memoir, Catching the Big Fish (Tarcher, 2007), is basically a brief, pleasurable tease. So, yeah, he directs, acts, writes, paints, is an animator and cartoonist; but who knew he also designs furniture? In “Abnormcore,” now at Room East, there are interesting home decor-esque sculptures and paintings by eight artists, including Lynch’s handsome Espresso Table (1988). It’s minimal, but sort of like Donald Judd had obsessed over Fire Walk With Me as he built furnishings. The table first appears manically assembled — its legs and tension cable incongruous — then dynamically right, perfect for the spooky and loving adoration of plywood and coffee. (Lynch now also has a line of organic coffees.)


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