The exhibition traces how David Lynch – probably best known as a film and television director – uses ‘naming’ in film, photography, drawings, watercolours, painting and prints from 1968 to the present. The complex relationship between objects and their names has been a point of departure in his work since The Alphabet, the second short film he made as a student in 1968 and shown as part of the exhibition. For Lynch, the act of naming something is never simple: names are not always descriptive of objects in Lynch’s universe. His images and text, working together in unusual ways, create new meanings and a deeper understanding of how language operates. mima is delighted to be the first UK venue to present the exhibition David Lynch Naming, originally shown in Los Angeles, California. It was originally curated for Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles, by Brett Littman, Executive Director of The Drawing Center in New York.