David Lynch at BAM “occupies all the space”


I was fortunate to get tickets to see “David Lynch in Conversation” last night at BAM for one of his rare public apparitions.
His 2007 Paris exhibit The Air is on Fire made a strong impression on me, and I hadn’t seen any of his work since Inland Empire. I was thus excited and intrigued to see where the master was at.
Lynch was being interviewed for 90 minutes by Paul Holdengräber, a Brooklyn intellectual who might not have been the ideal match for this conversion – very knowledgable and cultivated but cringing for straight answers that Lynch was not going to give him. Yet, despite awkward silences and a tedious exchange, the interviewer still managed to extract a few nice insights.

Paul Holdengräber launched the conversation stating he wanted to create a maze, and was hopping his guest would lead the way and that we could all follow him – That would be amazing, teased Lynch.

The conversation touched at things D.L loves, how he finds inspiration; his thoughts on this or that quote. Here are the few things that marked me:

About creativity and work:
– Nothing great happens without enthusiasm
– His love of diners – they are a great place to let the mind wonder to dark places and still come back to a warm and happy place.
– His love of Philadelphia, and how it has the feel of a “factory city”, with industrial building decaying and nature taking over certain areas.

About ideas:
– They come like a TV on his mind.
– Sometimes they happen by little bits, and it’s our task to patiently put it together. I like to imagine that the full puzzle is together in the other room, and once in a while we are tossed a piece of the puzzle.

About words:
They are not always necessary […]

Also his appreciation of fire, textures (like clouds and smoke) and factories. And that painting (the one featured above) that reads in reverse: boys lights fire that make him so physically happy. “If you would notice, the little boy has really long arms. That way he really occupies all the space”. You do, sir.