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film director DAVID LYNCH is renowned for his ability to control tone and atmosphere to such an esteem that his surname is now an adjective for such. he is a modern director of the first order but what some in the public fail to grasp is how is career, much like JULIAN SCHNABEL a generation later, is rooted in painting.
THE ART LIFE (DUCK DIVER FILMS, 2016) is a documentary that follows a dual narrative of both LYNCH's telling of his upbringing and connection to art while showcasing him creating a new work on canvas at his studio in the HOLLYWOOD HILLS. it is almost as though the experience of creation in painting is conflatable with that of exploring a unique psychological perspective of uncertain space and time as seen through a camera's eye.
what i gained most about his upbringing was that in spite of its idyllic nature with two loving parents that treated each other well, there was always that unspecified fear of losing that love and affection. in fact, despite his father's fair judgement and loving temperament, any harsh words that resulted from disobedience came down arguably harsher in that environment. KEITH RICHARDS once wrote that his vision of hell was being invisible to those he loved. the threat of distance from his family is a common thread that influenced his character as well as his art. also reminds of the buddha's tenet that suffering is rooted in desire. they are intertwined, as even idyllic situations are rooted in suffering as we attempt to prolong and maintain them. the fear of loss of happiness is suffering in and of itself. that dualism resonates with me when considering his films as well as his paintings and visual film art.
this theme of family is also carried out as we see LYNCH's young child painting side-by-side with him. unencumbered by expectations, the toddler is just enjoying his company and playing with colors on the canvas. you get the sense that this type of boundless joy and seeming amorality towards expectation is something LYNCH strives for. the goal is not a concept or a point, but rather the transmission of an experience, which also describes the experience of consuming one of his films, especially ERASERHEAD (AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE, 1977). i have watched that film dozens of times yet i don't know what it is about, nor am i watching it to decode it. i watch it in order to enter that world.
an alternate time and space.
intriguing film. probably worth viewing if you can suspend expectations of what is usually presented in a traditional documentary. this film is an expressionist take on the individual and his paintings, not a treatise on his films. again, beyond intriguing and worth multiple viewings.
when my friend and frequent collaborator MAGIE asked me back in august to dj at her TWIN PEAKS-themed party in october celebrating the opening of her new tattoo shop THE BLACK LODGE TATTOO, i was simultaneously honored and horrified effective immediately.
so of course i said yes.
its no secret that i prefer to be behind the scenes creating stuff. even this blog is an avenue for me to keep writing, as i was at one point writing all the time going back to my former film column for THE DAILY TARGUM during my undergrad years at RUTGERS. despite my time public speaking as a teacher both in NYC and abroad for almost a decade, i am pretty reticent to be out in public generally and have no desire to be the focus of attention. even the radio show i do is largely me curating and listening to music i love in a closed room.
so i just wish to thank MAGIE publicly for allowing me the opportunity to participate and be a part of welcoming her new business venture, as well as forcing me out of my comfort zone. the event also included two other sets by fellow MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC DJs RAY of CHANNELS & WINDS and CHRIS of COMPOSITE BEAST, both of which you should look into and i have gone ahead and linked to their respective show archives. i'd also like to thank RAY specifically for his support at the event and letting me rub off some of his fearlessness.
my spotify playlist from the is linked HERE if interested. it was a mix of film score, soundtrack picks that any self-described fan of DAVID LYNCH would recognize and appreciate. enjoy.