Meet the Artist – Matthew Barney at the Art Gallery of Ontario


November 30, 2014

Featuring Matthew Barney in conversation with Kitty Scott and Jorn Weisbrodt. Born in 1967 in San Francisco, Barney lives and works in New York. Since graduating from Yale in 1989, Barney has made a rapid impact on the art world with exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1991, 1996 and 2000), Documenta 9 (1992), Tate Britain (1995) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2003). In 1994 Barney embarked on the CREMASTER cycle, possibly Barney’s most complex work, which consists of five feature length films that he wrote, directed and performed in. The cycle explores the creation of form gender and sexuality constructing a personal mythology. Alongside each film, Barney created sculptures, photographs and drawings relating to the themes and imagery within the cycle. An exhibition of the whole cycle went on public display at the Guggenheim in New York in 2002.

Barney’s Drawing Restraint series explores resistance and creativity, in particular, how the body respond to increasing resistance. Drawing Restraint 9, perhaps the centrepiece of the whole series is a 143-minute film shot on digital video and transferred to 35mm film, featuring Barney and the musician Bjork. The film fuses Japanese history and culture with Barney’s own interests in metamorphosis and indeterminate states.

Category: Art Gallery