Happy Birthday, David Lynch

January 20th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg

Filmmaker, cartoonist, weatherman, musician and artist, the always off-centered David Lynch celebrates his 65th birthday today.

In celebration, we present “Rabbits,” from 2002:


Happy Birthday, David Lynch

January 20th, 2010, 9:50 am by Greg

Filmmaker, cartoonist, artist and daily weatherman, the always off-centered David Lynch celebrates his 64th birthday today.

In celebration, we present one of his early live action/animated short films, “The Alphabet,” from 1968. And, yes, it’s just as weird as “Twin Peaks,” “Eraserhead” and “Blue Velvet”.

ArtBeat: Tim Burton & David Lynch Leap From the Big Screen to the Gallery Walls

November 24th, 2009, 3:34 pm by Greg

That’s right, filmmaker Tim Burton – the visionary director of “Edward Scissorhands,” “Sweeney Todd” and the upcoming “Alice in Wonderland” – is currently being honored with an exhibition on his work at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

The exhibit – which officially opened on Sunday and runs through Monday, April 26 – explores the range of his creative work from early childhood drawings through his mature work in film. It brings together more than 700 examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs and moving image works.

Also included are storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes and cinematic ephemera from his films – including “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Batman,” “Mars Attacks!,” “Ed Wood,” “Beetlejuice” – and from unrealized and little-known personal projects that reveal his talent as an artist, illustrator, photographer and writer.

Meanwhile, out on the west coast…

The artwork of filmmaker David Lynch is in the spotlight at the Griffin gallery in Los Angeles.

“David Lynch: New Paintings,” which remains on view through Saturday, December 12, is a collection of large-scale paintings. Whether you get a chance to see the work in person or not, check out Lynch’s reflections on his art in Artforum magazine.

Danger Mouse’s Latest Release: a Blank CD

May 17th, 2009, 12:46 pm by Sara

You can’t buy the CD “Dark Night of the Soul,” the new Danger Mouse collaboration with Sparklehorse‘s Mark Linkous.

Originally planned to be packaged with a book of photographs by David Lynch that were inspired by the music, it now looks like the music will never be officially released, due to a contractual dispute with EMI.

David Lynch, Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse

David Lynch, Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse

Instead, you can order the book of photographs (or optionally, a less-expensive poster) that will come with a blank, recordable CD-R inscribed with this label: ‘For legal reasons, the enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'” Fans will have to find, download and burn the album for themselves, which is already fairly easy to find online.

In addition to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, other artists making an appearance on the album include The Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, Frank Black and Suzanne Vega, among others.

Official Dark Night of the Soul website.

For now, NPR is offering an exclusive first listen.

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