David Lynch: The Unified Field Q & A

Editor’s Note: Rachael Friedmann is a student, writer, confectionery baker, and activist in Philadelphia. Rachael recently attended a talk by David Lynch at the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts, and produced and edited the video below, with those wonderful cats at Scrapple TV. This is her first guest contribution to The Declaration. – KL

David Lynch: The Unified Field Q & A

Photo by Rachael Friedmann

Photo by Rachael Friedmann

By Rachael Friedmann 

Although David Lynch is mostly known for being a film director, his true passion has always been painting—creating scenes as dark and esoteric as his work in film. As an art student in the ‘60s at the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts, he drew inspiration from the “fear, insanity, corruption, filth, despair, violence in the air” he experienced in Philadelphia and reflected these themes in his hybrid works of sculpture, painting, collage and installation.

David Lynch: The Unified Field is the first major exhibition of his works, spanning from 1965 to today, with many pieces on display for the first time since he created them as a student. Lynch was frank and unapologetic at his Q & A with the press before the opening of his show on September 13th, and stated that he would be spending the week in the city, bemoaning the ubiquitous graffiti and lack of soot on our buildings.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sasUWO8uUs]

Photo by Rachael Friedmann

Photo by Rachael Friedmann

Watch one of Lynch’s first experimental films: Six Men Getting Sick Six Times

PAFA exhibit & Lynch background info.

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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