Tuesday, 17 March 2015

The Artist, His Musical Muse and Other Dazzling Marvels

Untitled (2007) by David Lynch.
The David Lynch retrospective, Between Two Worlds opened in Brisbane last Friday...and it's dazzling.

Fifty years of marvels...little soft explosions!

The retrospective includes more than 200 rarely seen paintings and drawings from the 1960s, lithographs, photographs of factories and nudes, paintings, and a complete survey of his film, video and television work!

It is the first major Australian show of Lynch's art, and one of the largest of his works since the Fondation Cartier staged a retrospective in Paris in 2007.
The Opening Night Party People were entranced.  I was among them!

And speaking of being entranced…David attributes his success to his 40 year practise of Transcendental Meditation.

He says it's made him less anxious, less fearful and less angry, and happier….allowing him to 'catch the big fish'…those creative ideas when they arise.

David's view is that it enhances his creativity, provides him with a deeper self-awareness or consciousness and gives him much, much more energy to create.

His work oozes self-confidence and energy…authentic…surreal, dreamlike, violent, erotic, sensual, amusing, weird….but never, ever mediocre.

A free-flowing creative mind is a wonderful thing to see don't you think?

Here's a glimpse of the dazzling opening night.

The Musical Muse
Chrysta Bell dazzled as did her brilliant band.  Tight, cool, Lynchian sounds!
The Artist
David Lynch - Photograph from Paris Photo 2012
Ask the Idea  -  'During Blue Velvet, ... Dean was...to sing "In Dreams" by Roy Orbison.  He was going to lip-sync...and sing it to Dennis Hopper...in front of him on the set...was this work lamp.  It had a long cord and its bulb was hidden from the audience, but illuminated Dean's face.  Dean just snatched this up.  He thought it was placed there for him.  There's so many of these things that come along.'
Words from "Catching the Big Fish".
Casting  -  'Then Dennis called and said, "I have to play Frank, because I am Frank."  That thrilled me, and scared me.'
Words from "Catching the Big Fish"
Kubrick  -  ..."(Kubrick) said to us, 'How would you fellas like to come up to my house tonight and see my favorite film?"  They said, "That would be fantastic."...Stanley Kubrick showed them Eraserhead.  So, right then, I could have passed away peaceful and happy.'
Words from "Catching the Big Fish"
Erotic, sensual, dream-like, violent….those 'big fish' caught.
Darkness -  'There are many, many dark things flowing around in this world now, and most films reflect the world in which we live.  They're stories.  Stories are always going to have conflict.'
Words from "Catching the Big Fish"
A little drawing -  on the inside of a matches flipcard.
Textural and nice.
Action, reaction, destruction, another action….one idea reacts to form another.
And Other Dazzling Marvels
Peter....directing affairs in his Lynchian splendour!
 'Catching the Big Fish' by David Lynch.
Lots of Lynchian goodies should you want to indulge.  I did a little fishing on the night…interesting reads.
A dazzling marvel herself...Brisbane artist, Suzanne Dannaher.
Suzanne also creates beautiful intuitive drawings, paintings, lithographs, etchings et al....
http://www.suzannedanaher.artsguide.com.au/index.php?page=gallery
A couple of dazzling marvels from Brisbane....within sharp focus!
And 2 dazzling Lynchian bugs appeared on the night!

Texture  -  '...there's a texture to a rotting body that is unbelievable...I love looking at those things,  just as much as I love to look at a close-up of some tree bark, or a small bug...You get in close and the textures are wonderful.'
Words from "Catching the Big Fish"
In Closing  -  'I deeply love film; I love catching ideas; and I love to meditate.'
Words "Catching the Big Fish"
And so it ended….and off we went into our own worlds and the darkness of the night....feeling just a little dazzled.
Bravo GoMA for bringing this marvellous retrospective to Brisbane!

It's the talk of the town, and we all agree....we love those Lynchian marvels.
Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, The Elephant Man, Mulholland Drive et al....I'm about to re-enter those Lynchian worlds with a whole new focus and awareness.

Bring it on!

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12 comments:

  1. Robyn, I love the mood of your recall. Maybe I will go along....
    Will you take me? :Dx

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    1. For sure FF. I'll get my peoples to speak to your peoples to fix a date!

      Ciao

      R

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  2. un reportage qui donne un joli aperçu... de l'artiste et de son oeuvre... bises

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    1. Merci beaucoup Elfi!! David Lynch est un artiste extraordinaire. Aimez-vous ses créations? Ses oeuvres sont créatif et unique! J'aimerais que vous puissiez voir l'exposition. Vous et moi!!!!!

      Ciao

      Robyn

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  3. I was a huge fan of David Lynch. He just hasn't been in my scope much anymore (missed the retrospec of 2007) and I'm not sure how I would view Twin Peaks and his films now so I keep them tucked away as a very good memory. Thanks for the reminder of all the other work of this artist who never fails to intrigue. Now off for a little TM.

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    1. Darling Gésbi....yes, sometimes it's best just to leave things tucked away so that you can continue to enjoy your memories of them. But this exhibition truly is remarkable....a very interesting and creative man.

      I understand that this year is the 25th anniversary of Twin Peaks and that David is 'reimagining' Twin Peaks with full creative control. Should be very interesting to see what he creates. And I agree....he never fails to intrigue.

      Wishing you much bliss as you transcend!!!!!

      Loving your posts! Went to buy some Marni and Chanel fabric the other day....thought of you. Praps I should do a post on the shop here in Brisbane that sells the most exquisite fabric. It's called Alla Moda....truly divine textiles....I can never resist. You would love it!!!

      Ciao

      R

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  4. Oh Robyn! What a thrill it must've been to be a part of this. My husband and I have several "lines" from Blue Velvet on a perma-dialogue rotation. So exciting - love your post and accompanying pics!! -Patricia

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    1. Oh yes...."Blue Velvet"....some classic lines and scenes Patricia.

      Like the one above of Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell.....very creepy....and you just knew that something horrific was to follow. And, of course, it did.

      That film is still relevant today......Hollywood doesn't always want to show that things aren't always what they seem.....you know, scratch the surface of something outwardly glamorous and you may find something quite nasty buried deep below.....and for me, the film shines a very glaring light on cowardly domestic violence which abounds today! Bravo David for insisting on complete creative and artistic control. Nothing like a bit of truth!!!

      Patricia....love your jewellery....and very interesting posts.

      I'd love to read them more often....but I appreciate how much time it would take to create your thoughtful and exquisite jewellery....so enjoy! I'll read your posts whenever you publish. We're off to a Warwick Freeman exhibition in Melbourne later this year....gorgeous work too.

      Ciao

      R

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. The exhibition certainly is interesting....I'll be visiting a number of times as it's a very large exhibition that needs time to explore....and to discuss with my friends. Interesting months coming up in Brisbane!!!

      Ciao

      Robyn

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  6. Another Great Post Robyn....Thank You........I'm sure that the evening exploded with Lynchian moments.....such an intriguing & creative artist..... your post has prompted me to dust off my DVD of Blue Velvet....wonderful photographs as always.....Jude

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    1. Thanks Jude.....enjoy Blue Velvet.....a Lynch classic that's for sure! Remember the Big "O" singing "In Dreams"......a perfect fit for that creepy scene with Dean Stockwell and Dennis Hopper. Just perfect.

      Ciao

      Robyn

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