Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

Just before Xmas I watched on Netflix Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski, which had come to my attention because it features Tool‘s own Adam Jones.  It’s a fascinating documentary, or a quite intriguing artist who has made quite an impact on Adam, who is as most of you should know a reasonably accomplished sculptor himself.

Here’s the trailer:

Polish sculpture not your thing? Perhaps you’d be interested in Sixteen Legs, a movie about Tasmanian Cave Spiders I was lucky enough to see while down there for a conference:

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Jethro Tool
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Jethro Tool

Struggle was a great documentary – szuklaskis work wouldnt look out of place on a Tool LP cover

fulcanelli
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fulcanelli

This was a good documentary. Adam’s part is minimal but Szukalski is an interesting artist. His nickname for Picasso is Picasshole… he’s quirky to say the least.

bob
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bob

i remember hearing about this guy back in the early 2000’s thru tool. the dissection site maybe ? i cant remember but i ordered the one book on him. it had a thanks to adam and danny in it. i ended up returning it though cause i wasnt really my thing. ill check this docu out though.

thanks for the suggestion!

bob
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bob

i also remember Leonardo Dicaprio is related to this guy. not sure they mention it in the docu but i recall that.

mattw
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mattw

^I think DiCaprio is the executive producer of the documentary 🙂

rinkwhopper
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I’ve watched most of the documentary – had to stop last night to go to bed. I found it to be very interesting even though I am generally not interested in visual art. He was certainly a cocky mofo, although I suppose I might be as well if I was that talented. Regarding Leo, there is a photo of him as a child with Szukalski but it pops up without any context. Maybe I didn’t notice his name in the opening credits or something.