David Lynch Short Film IDEM PARIS Embraces The Lithograph

Welcome to the strangely hypnotic world of the lithograph through the lens of David Lynch's camera. Cult filmmaker David Lynch made a short film last year during a printing of one of his lithographs at the fine art printing studio, Idem, located in the Montparnasse district in Paris.  It has the caption on it, "Murdered Woman in Burning Car."

(Idem) is an important venue for leading international artists to bring their inspiration and creativity to the world of lithography. In this large 15,000 square foot studio with its gleaming glass roof, visiting artists work collaboratively with master printers in the production of unique print editions. Drawing on their long years of experience, these master printers guide the artist through the entire printing process, suggesting innovative and experimental techniques, and offering an exceptional stock of lithographic stones. Work printed at Idem may be found in museums, international exhibitions and in public and private collections.


David Lynch had this to say of his experiences at the studio...

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.


Not only are the images and workings of the lithograph machine fantastic to watch, but I find myself fascinated by the sounds in this short as well. Call me crazy, but I like listening to this short as much as I find the images fascinating to watch. 
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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Not only are the images and workings of the lithograph machine fantastic to watch, but I find myself fascinated by the sounds in this short as well. Call me crazy, but I like listening to this short as much as I find the images fascinating to watch."

    No...I don´t think you are crazy....Lynch did some very nice "audio landscapes" in Eraserhead (1977) and thta nice hissing, sound of gaslights in The Elephant Man(1980), thanks for the short Mr Mack.

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