Thursday, May 18, 2006
During my first semester at CCA some of my viscosity work was compared to some prints David Lynch made. What an honor..I thought. I primarily know him as a great film maker, and I knew that he had done some art, but I didn't realize at that point that he had done some printmaking. It was a great suprise to me. There's a great little story that Prof. J tells us about a student who tried to chine cole an actual mouse onto paper (don't worry folks...I'm pretty sure it's a LIE), but rumor has it that David Lynch actually did that. I'm afraid my naive little self does not believe this rumor, but if anyone can clarify things better for me that would be great.
He worked for a while at Madison's Tandem Press:
Lynch describes his painting as a process of action and reaction. During his three visits David Lynch created 118 different images-monotypes along with editioned prints and photogravures. The works are mostly monochromatic. They have a deliberately primitive and crude quality, which results in works of great beauty. He includes words in many of the images, which are intended to start the viewer thinking about the works, but he also sees the words as forms, shapes, and textures.
In a talk that he gave in 1997, David Lynch described how he felt about the process of printmaking: "It has the same sort of excitement as when you go to the photo shop to get your pictures back. Even though you took them, they never come out exactly the way you see them through the camera. There is always some sort of surprise, and that's the way it is with printmaking. With action and reaction exciting things begin to happen."