Contemporary Video Art. Matthew Barney (1967- ). His work encompasses sculpture, photography, drawing and film. Mostly known for his “ Cremaster ” series. In the 90s, moved to New York and worked as a male model for J.Crew catalogues – a career that helped him finance his early
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Contemporary Video Art
Matthew Barney (1967- )
His work encompasses sculpture,
photography, drawing and film.
Mostly known for his “Cremaster” series.
In the 90s, moved to New York and worked
as a male model for J.Crew catalogues –
a career that helped him finance his early
work as an artist.
Barney is married to Bjork, a very famous
singer from Iceland.
Barney’s epic Cremaster Cycle (1994–2002)
consists of five feature-length films that explore
processes of creation.
Its conceptual departure point is the cremaster
muscle, which is part of the male reproduction
As the cycle evolved over eight years, Barney
looked beyond biology as a way to explore
the creation of form, employing narrative
models from other realms, such as biography,
mythology, and geology.
PBS Art 21 Series
Drawing Restraint 9 (2005) consisting of:
Drawing Restraint 9is an unconventional
love story set in Japan. The narrative
structure is built upon themes such
as the Shinto religion, the tea ceremony,
the history of whaling, etc.
Drawing Restraint 9, 2005 – Movie Trailer
The film concerns the theme of self-imposed limitation and continues Matthew Barney’s interest in religious rite, this time focusing on Shinto.
Is one of today’s leading video artists
Designs environments that envelop
the viewer in image and sound
Employs state-of the-art technologies
Main focus - universal human experiences:
His art has roots in both Eastern
and Western art and philosophy
Got his first camera in the 60s and made his first art video in 1970.
In this interview Viola talks about one of his latest projects Ocean
Without a Shore, installed in a San Gallo church in Venice.
Referencing Old Masters
“I am interested in what the old masters didn’t paint,
those steps in between.” - Bill Viola
Christ Carrying the Cross,
Hieronymus Bosch, 1515-16
The Quintet of the Astonished, Bill Viola, 2000
(video rear projection on wall-mounted screen)
Referencing Old Masters
The Visitation, Jacopo daPontormo, 16th Cent. (left)
The Greeting, Bill Viola, 1995 (right)
The Making of Emergence - Interview