Who, What, Why | Works on Paper by David Lynch
— November 9, 2011 —
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Who? David Lynch, the Montana-born, Hollywood-based, avid coffee-drinking polymath who has turned his surrealist mind to film, television, art, music, 1950s-inspired furniture design, photography, Transcendental Meditation and most recently, a nightclub and weather forecasting. The man who gave the world FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, a family of humanoid rabbits and new meaning to the human ear. Acknowledging late 2011's "Lynch moment", the artist was featured in the current issue of Another Man, answering questions from fellow luminaries such as Brian Eno and John Waters, and appeared on the bill of Mike Figgis' curated Deloitte Ignite 2011, the interview of which is shown here.
What? Following his realisation of Silencio, Paris' first private members club, and the release of his Crazy Clown Time album, this month sees the arrival of a 528-page, hardback tome bringing together a collection of more than 500 Lynch drawings dating from the 1960s. He began drawing and painting in his early childhood and this vast collection of dreamlike sketches, watercolours and minimalist doodles – carefully conserved by Lynch since his adolescence and regularly used by him as a source of inspiration – offers a unique glimpse into the artist’s creative process. Using all types of media, including Post-it notes, napkins and original screenplays for Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks, the diverse and complementary nature of these drawings allows us to dive into Lynch’s universe and establish links between his artwork and his films.
Why? More than five years since his last feature-length film, Inland Empire, the past few years have seen Lynch's focus switch gear. "They say that when men go into their fifties they dream of building gigantic towers to prove their virility. I have directed films, composed music, made all sorts of objects, works that had a beginning and an end. Now I want to make something solid", he told a journalist earlier this year. "First, I started with painting. For the last three years I have been working in a lithographic studio in Montparnasse that Picasso and Miró used, drawing on the same stones where they painted. Then I started working on Silencio, which has taken the last two years. Looking at what we have done, I feel myself almost immortal."
Works on Paper by David Lynch published by Steidl & Fondation Cartier pour, is on sale now. Another Man, featuring David Lynch is on sale now.
Suggested Reading: Read more about the iconic scene in Lynch's Blue Velvet here.
Text by Laura Bradley