Car Hole Gallery presents: Twin Twin Peaks

Car Hole Gallery presents: Twin Twin Peaks
feat: Helen Reed (Portland, OR)
& in conjunction with Open Engagement (
Saturday 15 May 2010
8-10 PM

It addressed a contemporaneous national yearning, most vivid in
the cult of Abraham Lincoln, to wring a heart’s comfort from the
awfulness of the Civil War. The work is at once vulgar and
sublime, in ways that invoke a common term: American.
-Peter Schjeldahl on Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Sherman Memorial
Car Hole Gallery, in conjunction with the Open Engagement
Conference (15-17 May 2010, for more info see the website
above), presents Helen Reed’s Twin Twin Peaks (2009-10). For
those unfamiliar with the original television program, Twin
Peaks ran for two seasons in the early 1990s. Through the
direction of David Lynch and writing of Mark Frost, Twin Peaks
examines a fictional community set in the logging towns of
Snoqualmie, North Bend and Poulsbo, WA. Its distinct mythology
generated a huge cult following during and after its brief run,
as followers of the program began to coalesce into online fan
groups. And, with that, the eventual impetus for Twin Twin

(more after the jump)

Reed’s project actuates a collective response to media and
site. Drawing from the fan fiction of an online Twin Peaks RPG
group, the artist cast an additional sixteen fans from the
Portland area to act in their production. Fan actors were not
only set in the roles they identified with most, but placed
within the original setting as Reed filmed the entire project on
site, in and around North Bend, Snoqualmie and Poulsbo. What she
addresses here resembles the Schjeldahl quote above. Replace
“the work” with Twin Twin Peaks and replace “American” with
Pacific Northwest. For in Reed’s actualization, we find an
elegiac performance of the original and, just as Schjeldahl
evokes the collective struggle to understand America’s Civil
War, so, too, does Twin Twin Peaks reconnect—in both sublime
rendition and sometimes vulgar reference—the people to whom
these misty forests contain a rich televised mythology. Reed’s
project is at once tantalizing and sardonically sweet, as
actors, writers and directors give their best performance not
only of the feeling, but of Lynch and Frost’s vision of the

-Sam Korman
Car Hole Gallery
114 SE 12th Ave
PDX 97214

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