Watch: This David Lynch Short Film Is Amazing Printmaking Porn

Watch: This David Lynch Short Film Is Amazing Printmaking Porn

Feb 13, 2013

 

 
Attention fine art majors: this David Lynch short film that follows one of the director's prints through the lithographic process is amazing printmaking porn. Idem Paris is a renowned, 15,000-square-foot printing studio in the Montparnasse district of the French capital. In the eight-minute video, we get to watch Lynch's Murdered Woman in Burning Car shepherded by master printers and listen to the grinding of the machines. Lynch spoke about his time at Idem, which we spotted on Twitch:
 
"Hervé Chandès from the Fondation Cartier brought me over to Idem and introduced me to Patrice Forest. I see this incredible place, and I get the opportunity to work there. And this was like a dream! It just opened up this brand-new world of the lithography and the magic of lithography, the magic of the stones. And it was a great, great thing! This thing of lithography, this channel of lithography opened up and a bunch of ideas came flowing out and it led to about a hundred lithographs. I will say that Idem printing studio has a unique, very special mood, and it is so conducive to creating. Patrice has the greatest attitude for all the artists and he creates this space of freedom and this joy of creating. It's so beautiful! And I think the place is very important--in other words, the same stone could be moved to another place, and I think that the work that comes out would be different. It's a combination of the stone, the place, the people, this mood, and out comes these certain ideas."
 
While the printmaking process has evolved, there is a portion of the art form that has stayed the same for centuries. The Idem video offers a fascinating peek into that world. The ambient noise of the press reminds us of Lynch's early works, like Eraserhead. See if Idem mesmerizes you like it did us, below. If you want to see Lynch's artworks in person, be sure to mark your calendars for 2014 when the filmmaker will have a rare retrospective at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia where he attended undergrad and began his movie career.
 

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