A series of large-scale photos by Sandro Miller showing actor John Malkovich posing as iconic David Lynch characters is currently on show at New York’s Joshua Liner Gallery. Part of the David Lynch-curated art and music event The Festival of Disruption, the exhibition is titled Psychogenic Fugue and is the New York premiere of a project which started out as a series of film vignettes.
In the brilliantly surreal set of images, Malkovich plays Twin Eyes’ Log Lady and Dale Cooper, The Elephant Man, as well as Lynch himself, showing the actor’s chameleon-like ability to take on persona. Photographer and director Sandro Miller explains of the concept behind the collaboration: “A psychogenic fugue is a dissociative disorder in which a person forgets who they are and leaves home to create a new life. During the fugue there is no memory of a former life and, upon recovering from the fugue, there is no memory of events during the dissociative state. What can one do with a woman that loves logs and John Malkovich?”
The original project saw Miller direct Malkovich in a set of short films bringing the same Lynch characters to life. It formed part of the project Playing Lynch, wherein people could pay to download the scenes to raise money for the David Lynch Foundation. Similarly, these photographs will be sold to raise funds for the charity.
Psychogenic Fugue is open at Joshua Liner Gallery, Brooklyn, New York until 19 May. The Festival of Disruption is open until 20 May at Brooklyn Steel.