The Eraserhood Forever: PhilaMOCA is looking for your David Lynch-inspired art

By on August 17, 2015

From paintings of your favorite “Twin Peaks” characters to papier-mâché’d nitrous tanks, the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art is looking for anything that celebrates the filmography of David Lynch. PhilaMOCA will be hosting the fourth annual installment of The Eraserhood Forever — a Lynch-themed evening of art, music, and performance, celebrating of the work of David Lynch — on Saturday, October 3.


Submissions: All mediums are welcome (no hazardous materials); restrictions apply to video/3D pieces/sculptures. Please send digital files or photos of submissions to curator Jay Bilinsky at Links are preferred for six or more entries.

There will be a $20 participation fee per selected piece of artwork, 100% of sales go to the artists. Deadline for submissions is Monday, September 21, 2015. More details on this link.


Accepted Art Delivery: Drop-offs of accepted art can be made at PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th Street) on Tuesday, September 29 from Noon – 6:00 PM or by appointment. Work must be ready to hang and prepared for installation. Art delivered by mail must include return postage and must arrive by September 29.

The full lineup was announced on Monday, August 17 exclusively on Welcome to Twin Peaks. The Lady In The Radiator from Eraserhead, Laurel Near, is set to perform Peter Ivers’ haunting “In Heaven” song LIVE at the event, along with a performance by the Divine Hand Ensemble. There’s also going to by Lynch-theme burlesque by Liberty Rose, with a guest magician, Francis Menotti, a deejay and more… More info here.


The opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 1 from 6-9 PM. The exhibit will hang through Halloween.


Here are excerpts from Bob Bruhin’s excellent essay, Heart of the Eraserhood:

David Lynch came to Philadelphia in 1966, to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. For a year he lived at 13th and Wood Streets, “right kitty-corner from the morgue,” and next door to Pop’s Diner. In myriad interviews Lynch credits his time in Philadelphia with the beginning of his first original ideas. His short residence om 13th Street gave rise to Eraserhead, the movie he calls his, “Philadelphia Story.”


To really understand the experiences that awoke Lynch’s artistic sensibility, one needs to imagine this corner as it was in 1966, though. Not only were many of the nearby structures still occupied by active manufacturing at the time, complete with the accompanying sounds, but there were three active rail lines, including the Broad Street Subway and two branches of the Reading Viaduct within a one block radius.

These sounds are very clearly transmitted to the soundtrack of Eraserhead. Lynch has stressed how empty and silent the neighborhood became after 5pm in that era. He also claimed, “I only lived at night,” during that era. One is led to imagine him sleeping during the day and working and studying after dark. Clearly, if this vision is at all realistic, the sounds of this neighborhood came to inhabit his dreams… and eventually his work.


About PhilaMOCA:

Housed in the historic Finney & Son building, a former showroom for tombstones and mausoleums that dates back to 1865, The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA) is a multipurpose art space that proudly showcases the best in underground, alternative, and DIY culture with a concentration on film and performance. PhilaMOCA hosts 250+ events a year ranging from film premieres to burlesque performances to fashion showcases. The mission is to provide a creative and low cost outlet for the local community, as well as bring new and interesting art and performance to Philadelphia.


About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.