Tuesday, September 13, 2016

David Lynch has an "art cave"

Bob Finds Himself in a World by David Lynch

"Artist" is a word that doesn't even come close to fully encompassing who David Lynch is.

Even though that's exactly what he is. He's raw talent and creative energy, seeing things in such a deliciously askew and chimerical way. I can only wish I could do the same. Now there is a documentary film about him called David Lynch: The Art Life. Vice sat down with the doc's director, Jon Nguyen, and in the interview, we find that the film reveals something of a shocking truth.

All the stereotypes you might imagine about David Lynch are true. He gets up every day, drinks coffee, and paints. That's it. He sequesters himself in his workshop and paints. All day. As the documentary tells it, this is a routine he's had, a sort of artistic servitude or yeomanship, since he was a child. Nguyen mentions in the interview his concern that all the early footage he was getting was just of Lynch painting. Then a friend said, "That's what David does."

Other interesting tidbits promised in the documentary are of Lynch's childhood art experiments in the basement, ones that prompted his own father to say, "You shouldn't have kids." Righteous.

I know that many of us out there are anxious about the return of Twin Peaks and I thought this look at the new documentary might tide us over for a while anyway. If nothing else, it's an enticing look at his artistic process and is as close as many of us will come to watching him splash paint around for a while.

You can check out the entire interview here.

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