David Lynch: Master of Expressionist Surrealism (Part III)

This article is the third and final entry in my short series dedicated to understanding the hybridization of the German Expressionist and Surrealist artistic/cinematic styles in the work of David Lynch in general and in Twin Peaks: The Return in particular. In Part I, I provided some definitions and historical contexts for an understanding of …

David Lynch: Master of “Expressionist Surrealism” (Part II)

Last week, I wrote the first entry of a short, three-part series dedicated to examining the dual influences of German Expressionism and Surrealism in the work of David Lynch. I noted in the previous post that we can think about Lynch's unique combination of these two artistic styles as "Expressionist Surrealism" (my own term). While …

Rabbits – “Main-Lining Lynch, Straight, No Chaser”

"In a nameless city deluged by a continuous rain... three rabbits live with a fearful mystery" Rabbits is a dark and mysterious series of short films by David Lynch, featuring three performers wearing rabbit costumes and delivering disjointed dialogue punctuated by lengthy periods of silence. As you can probably tell, this is definitely at the …

David Lynch: Master of “Expressionist Surrealism” (Part I)

I'm certainly not the first to point out that the work of David Lynch draws on the artistic traditions of both German Expressionism and Surrealism. Anyone familiar with these, two of the most powerful art movements of the past 100 years, can recognize immediately how Lynch uses them across his body of work. In his …

Book Review: David Lynch – The Man From Another Place by Dennis Lim

Fans of Lynch are already well aware of his story - it has been told in several forms already. The book-length interview Lynch on Lynch, compiled and edited by Chris Rodley enables readers to learn about the artist's life and works in his own words. The 2016 film The Art Life covers some of the …

Lessons of Lynch: Embrace Ambiguity and Relish Your Writerly Role

I'm not special because I loved Twin Peaks: The Return in its entirety (including its finale). In fact, I'll be the first person to admit that I'm not special at all for any reason. I'm just a quiet, middle-aged guy up the street who likes baseball (not football), craves Mexican food, enjoys good movies and …