Influential Art #1. Fight Club.

Each Wednesday I will update my posts. I am going to start with some influences on my art. I am heavily influenced by music, movies and writing. Of those categories music is a clear number one, however Fight Club well and truly deserves to be first. So here we go ... influential art number one!

Fight Club

Dark, short sharp inner dialogue.

Comedic pointlessness.

What is a man? Why improve when you can destruct; from the first time I seen fight club I was hooked.

I seen the movie before I read the book and in truth, I love both pieces of art. The story jumps through Tyler’s thoughts from Marla to meditation to Airports Tyler has travelled. From the opening line of:

“Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’ pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.”

It is brilliant writing, like you happen to join this guys life and somehow you should know the chaos he is spewing or the origin of his thoughts. I love that about this work from the first time I seen the movie and the first time I read the book. Brilliant. Brutal. Harsh and beautifully true.

Although my work is completely different, Fight Club is a huge influence for me. Not so much the writing style of story structure as my books are nothing like the work of Chuck Palahniuk but the freedom to write a story how it should be told; that is inspirational.

Delivering quirky lines such as:

“I try to get centred:

Watching white moon face

The stars never feel anger

Blah, blah, blah, the end.”

Brilliant. Or short, sharp repetitive lines such as:

“I am Joe’s blood boiling rage.”

People are sick of me raving on about this title as much as they are sick of hearing about Machine Head and Pantera. Fair enough. But I don’t care. There is something warmly uplifting about the dark humour and gritty dialogue which I love.

A huge influence on my art and my life in general; number one: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.

Aaron. (19/8/2020).


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