June 6, 2016 |
David Lynch's first feature film, the Philly-inspired Eraserhead , is known as his midnight classic. But really that designation could be applied to his entire oeuvre. Even the director's most accessible and linear movie, Blue Velvet , is a deeply weird work and one that profits from the very specific exhilaration of a filmgoing experience that ends past 2 a.m. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Blue Velvet 's release, and screenings in honor of the occasion have been popping up across the country since March.
September 12, 2014 |
DAVID LYNCH is all over Philly right now. The director behind such cinema classics as "Blue Velvet," "The Elephant Man," "Eraserhead" and the landmark television series "Twin Peaks" is being honored by his alma mater, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, with a four-month-long exhibit, and there are screenings happening all over the city. While cinephiles know Lynch for his wonderfully weird and ambiguous screen work, and art-world fans know him for his visual work, not everyone is familiar with Lynch or why he's getting the full Philly treatment.
September 8, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - Never mind the world outside David Lynch's studio window: the sun beaming on the Hollywood Hills, the sprinklered lawns ringed by dry chaparral, the open-top tourist vans prowling for homes of stars. Stationed at his long desk, chain-smoking American Spirits, tossing the butts on the concrete floor, the celebrated filmmaker and artist is time-traveling to 1960s Philadelphia, recalling his 51/2 years in a city that seeped into his soul. The patina of grime-blackened buildings.
August 18, 2014 |
"I just have to think of Philadelphia now, and I get ideas, I hear the wind, and I'm off into the darkness somewhere. " - David Lynch The pulsing heart of "David Lynch: The Unified Field" - the career retrospective of art and experimental film from the man who dreamed up the movies Eraserhead , Blue Velvet , and the television series Twin Peaks - lies at the intersection of Broad and Cherry Streets, in the 1870s Frank Furness-designed Pennsylvania...
December 12, 2013 |
This holiday season's attire is flush with plush navies, inky blacks, and foresty greens, making for a very merry monochromatic time. Reds are pure. Whites are wintry. And shimmer? Well, that's everywhere. "We have a ton of glitzy, luxe fabrics," said Melibea Sarant, manager of Bettie Page Clothing, a Walnut Street boutique that sells modern-day versions of pinup-style frocks. "There is a lot of velvet in deep blues and pretty greens and everything has shimmer, even if it's just a hint.
November 17, 2013 |
David Lynch, best known for his often-enigmatic and quirky films - think Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), and Inland Empire (2006) - and television shows ( Twin Peaks ), launched his career as a visual artist in the late 1960s at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Though he was not from Philadelphia, Lynch fell in love with the city during his years here as a student artist. "There was violence and hate and filth," he once said. "But the biggest influence in my whole life was that city.
July 14, 2012 |
PhilaMOCA: It's a weird place. And getting weirder. Since its 2011 opening, the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA) has been at times an amiably odd arts gallery space, at other times a live performance venue. Through spring and summer 2012, a more definitive picture has emerged of the onetime headstone/mausoleum factory, an image that balances itself between the merrily maudlin and the delightfully titillating. Where the latter is concerned, PhilaMOCA hosts a July event called "Naked Girls Reading" that features exactly that - nude young women speaking their way through pulp-novel prose.
November 9, 2011 |
BEST KNOWN as the surrealist auteur behind "Eraserhead," "Twin Peaks" and "Blue Velvet," David Lynch is one of America's most acclaimed film directors. Having long written and performed music for his films - often in collaboration with others, most notably composer Angelo Badalamenti and Polish pianist Marek Zebrowski - this fall sees the three-time Academy Award nominee make his debut as a solo recording artist. With the release yesterday of his debut studio album, "Crazy Clown Time," on Sunday Best Recordings/PIAS, Lynch talks to Billboard.
May 30, 2010 |
Dennis Hopper, 74, the rogue actor and director who kick-started a new era of indie moviemaking with his trippy '60s road picture, Easy Rider, who turned a nitrous-sucking villain in Blue Velvet into an icon of roaring weirdness, and who worked in the great American movie genres with any number of great American moviemakers, died Saturday in Venice, Calif. He had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer last fall. Mr. Hopper, who was also a painter, a sculptor (as a child, he took art classes from Thomas Hart Benton)
May 30, 2010 |
Dennis Hopper, 74, the rogue actor and director who kick-started a new era of indie moviemaking with his trippy '60s road picture, Easy Rider , who turned a nitrous-sucking villain in Blue Velvet into an icon of roaring weirdness, and who worked in the great American movie genres with any number of great American moviemakers, died Saturday in Venice, Calif. He had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer last fall. Mr. Hopper, who was also a painter, a sculptor (as a child, he took art classes from Thomas Hart Benton)