Ears to David Lynch!

Obsessive? Artist Christian Tomaszewski rebuilds the world of Blue Velvet.

Kurt Schwitters would approve: Tomaszewski and handiwork
photo: Alana Cundy
Kurt Schwitters would approve: Tomaszewski and handiwork

He hopes that his next major project—a series of posters for non-existent movies—"will totally confuse." They'll use the names of well-known directors and actors, with the usual dense small-text credits, and will appear around the city as a kind of street art, pasted up next to those advertising the real thing. "We'll see how far we can go with it," he says, "but it's quite an important part of the concept. I don't want to apply for a permit and all this. . . . I want to create a new story. I don't just want to have posters hanging in a gallery." Individually painted, they won't resemble the typical American version, which Tomaszewski says, with a hint of disdain, "is always about selling the product." Rather, he'll draw inspiration from the Polish School of Posters—renowned in the '60s and '70s for their clean bold motifs—as well as other European styles that he's meticulously researching. So look for announcements around town of a trilogy by Lynch, a mysterious tragedy called Akira, and—presented with a striking red-and-black image of a steam engine—a "hauntingly fascinating" work by the masterful Andrzej Wajda. Like fantasies from a film buff's midnight bull session, they're coming soon to a non-existent theater near you.

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