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David Lynch: The Art Life

Directed by Rick Barnes and Jon Nguyen

USA, 2016

HOME, 20 July 2017

David Lynch: The Art Life

This is a pretty good (self) portrait of David Lynch, artist and auteur.

We see him in the studio making art. He talks about his childhood and early life. His discovery of art (a book of importance to him was The Art Spirit by Robert Henri) and then film. It ends with his time in Los Angeles making Eraserhead. He is on his way.

I like a lot of what he says – for example, that he thinks of ‘the art life’ as smoking a cigarette and drinking coffee and spending the day in creative work. Or when he says of his earlier paintings that he knew they sucked but he wanted to keep on painting to get to the good stuff: it chimes with what James Sallis said to me once, when I asked what advice he would give to an aspiring writer:

Work. Most of us have thousands upon thousands of bad words and bad writing we have to get out before the good stuff starts coming – if it starts coming at all. So you may as well get started.

David Lynch: The Art Life is a fine film which will be of interest to all who love David Lynch and cinema and art.

My interview with James Sallis is still online and can be read here.