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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

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Contemporary video art

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.


Matthew Barney

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

system.

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.


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Matthew Barney

PBS Art 21 Series


Matthew Barney

Drawing Restraint 9 (2005) consisting of:

  • a feature length 35mm film

  • large-scale sculptures

  • photographs, drawings, and books

    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.


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Matthew Barney

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.


Bill Viola

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:

  • birth, death, rebirth

  • the unfolding of consciousness

    His art has roots in both Eastern

    and Western art and philosophy


Bill Viola

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)


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Bill Viola

The Making of Emergence - Interview


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