Matthew Barney: No Restraint
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Barney's sculptures and his video installations are a chunky milkshake of surrealism, egoism, metaphor, vanity, pretension, imagination, cliches both unintentional and subverted, and often lots and lots of goo. He spends a lot of time reflecting on Gary Gilmore and the mechanisms of the scrotum, and his films have featured such aged, awesome monuments as the Utah salt flats, the Chrysler Building and Norman Mailer (in the role of Houdini). Barney, too, often turns up, either dancing or climbing or crawling or facing the odd ordeal of having live airborne doves connected by strings to his penis.
There's almost no way to describe his work without sounding tongue-in-cheek to some degree, but on many levels I really like it. His languid, usually glacial pace, however, is no laughing matter. Even as someone who checks it all out, I've suspected the long running times have something to with the possibility that, if things moved any faster, these installations would be a lot harder to take seriously; they might be indistinguishable from some of the videos by underground bands that aired after 1 a.m. on MTV during the mid-1980s.
"No Restraint" is both a brief history of Barney and a look at his latest work, "Drawing Restraint 9.Read more ›
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A nice viewing experience. I'm waiting for an extensive Cremaster Set of somekind!! "No Restraint" offers some insights into Barney and leaves you wanting more.Published on January 11, 2013 by Mike Hutchins
I purchased this video for my adult son who requested a Cremaster video as a holiday gift. We watched it together and were so engrossed seeing this artist's total absorption in... Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by Paula J. Vasquez