News - 2005
The SFMOMA has issued a press release detailing their exhibition plans for Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint exhibition, which will run from June 23 - September 17, 2006 (the exhibtion is on display at the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Korea through January 8). The exhibition will take over the museum's fourth floor (which will have almost all of the walls removed), and Drawing Restraint 9 will be screened daily in the museum's Phyllis Wattis Theater.
There is also a three-part Drawing Restraint catalog available including essays by Hans Ulrich Obrist; Neville Wakefield; Yuko Hasegawa, curator at Museum for the 21st Century in Kanazawa; Luc Steele, a scientist specializing in artificial intelligence; and Shinichi Nakazawa, a notable theologist and folklorist.
Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York has scheduled a Matthew Barney exhibtion for April 1-29, 2006. The gallery has posted a number of photographs from Drawing Restraint 9 on its web site, so the exhibition will probably feature works related to DR9.
AP reports that Matthew Barney, Bjork, and their 3-year-old daughter Isadora are planning a sailing trip around the world. Bjork is currently enrolled in a 10-week course to learn to pilot a 30-ton boat.
A photograph of Bjork shot by Matthew Barney graces the menu this month at New York's Chanterelle restaurant (2 Harrison Street at Hudson Street, 212-966-6960).
Matthew Barney is working on a project to be included on a DVD of pornographic/sexually explicit films by contemporary artists. The DVD is being compiled by Neville Wakefield and Mel Agace and will be released on the De-restricted label. Cowboys are rumored to play an important part in Barney's film. Other artists providing films for the DVD include Larry Clarke, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Marina Abromovic.
De Lama Lamina will be included in the ARC Biennial in Brisbane. The film will screen at 6 PM on October 30 at the DEMBY Cinema.
De Lama Lamina will be screened as part of the International Competition at the Kunst Film Biennale in Cologne, Germany from October 19-24.
There are a couple of screenings of films from the Cremaster Cycle coming up in the US: Cremaster 2 at the 10th Anniversary Super Hits Festival at the Northwest Film Forum on October 2 and Cremaster 3 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on October 21 and 22.
vfxblog has an interview with Matthew Wallin, Adam Martinez, and Demetrius Leal of Mantron Corporation about creating the visual effects for Drawing Restraint 9.
The Art Newspaper reports that the tree Matthew Barney built as a part of the De Lama Lamina float began to rot after the float was purchased by Brazilian collector/art dealer Fernando Paz. Barney flew to Brazil to assess the damage and then had an assistant cast a new tree in polyurethane from the original.
Bjork's soundtrack to Drawing Restraint 9 will be released in the US on August 23 - it is already available in Japan and Europe. DR9 is being screened in Venice, Italy as part of the "Horizons" section of the Venice Biennale Film Festival.
Artnet.com reports that Matthew Barney's next exhibition in New York will be in May 2006 at Barbara Gladstone Gallery. No word on whether the exhibtion will feature work from Drawing Restraint 9, De Lama Lamina, or an entirely new project.
Agnes b, one of the sponsors of Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint exhibition in Japan, has commissioned Barney to design a T-shirt. The T-shirt is currently available at agnes b boutiques in Japan and will be available worldwide in the Fall. Agnes b is also producing a documentary on the making of the Drawing Restraint series.
A pithier synopsis of Drawing Restraint than that offered on the official site is given by Alex Rühle in the Süddeutsche Zeitung (as reported/translated by artforum.com), "Shot on the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru in Nagasaki Bay, the film centers on The Field, a sculpture made of liquid Vaseline that is molded on the ship's deck. Björk and Barney arrive as guests on board the ship. During a storm, they marry each other in a mysterious ceremony, morph into whales and then swim off towards the Antarctic. In this dream-like story, nothing is really narrated." Bjork says, When Matthew Barney and I got together, we swore to each other that we would never work together. And now I am acting with him in his film! But it is also something completely different, and I'm not even sure if one could call Drawing Restraint 9 a film. . . . I appear, but I am not playing a role."
Bjork also relates (translation courtesy of signandsight.com) that her favorite point in the film is a scene where she and Barney cur off each others' lower bodies. "This mutilation has nothing horrible about it, it's part of a transformation. When we cut into each other, the open flesh is not human flesh any more. It's white like whale flesh. Our legs drop off, we grow foetus-like tails and then we become whales and swim off towards the Antarctic."
Bjork's soundtrack for Drawing Restraint 9 will be released on July 25 on Universal/Polydor. Amazon.com and several other online music stores have the disc listed as an import (UK/Japan), from what I can find on the web it may not be released in the U.S. until late-August. Click here to see the cover art. The 21st Century Museum of Art has posted more information (in English) on their Drawing Restraint retrospective.
Also, the 21st Century Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan has posted this press release (in Japanese) for their retrospective exhibition of Barney's Drawing Restraint series. The exhibition will run from July 2 - August 25 and then travel to the Leeum Museum in Seoul from October 13 - January 8 and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from June 23 - September 19, 2006. According to the SFMOMA web site, they will be the only US venue for this exhibtion.
Unfortunately, I came across this information too late to pass it along, but Hoist was screened at the Akureyri Art Museum in Iceland from May 15 - June 5. Apparently Hoist is a 15-minute video loop related to De Lama Lamina.
Fabrizio, a Cremaster Fanatic from Italy, emailed me these photos from Drawing Restraint 9 and confirmed that the pictures in the post from 5/13 (at least the one with the knife) are from DR9 as well.
An alert Cremaster Fanatic sent me these pics that he found on a Bjork fan site. He didn't have much info on the photos, but they appear to be from Barney's forthcoming video Drawing Restraint 9.
I thought there would be more reports from the De Lama Lamina screening at MIT last month posted online, but I haven't found much. Larissa Harris writes on artforum.com's "Diary" that, "the new Barney/Lindsay flick began to unspool, showing an Ogun-figure (a Candomble deity), naked but accessorized with a beak and a "root-vegetable butt plug" (as a friend put it later), strapped below the spinning axle of a giant, rusty float in the midst of the drumming crowds at Carnival. The film shifts between his activities (he slowly wraps the axle in wads of slimy cotton to create a masturbation aid, then uses it, penis flopping unwatchably right and left); those of a silent, shaggy woman who builds a kind of harness/jail for herself in a tree, à la environmental activist Julia Hill; and the crowd and musicians, including the sweating, lantern-jawed Lindsay himself, singing hoarsely in Portuguese. Talking to Bennett Simpson the next day (who had written a piece on the project) I came around to seeing the "unsublimated" nature of this new Barney as kind of interesting: good-dirty. Certainly, it bolstered the impression that Cisneros's conception of evil as a kind of pre- or para-Judeo-Christian magic or life force, inextricably woven into all that is good, was the reading that won the day."
Blogger King Mab says, "Matthew Barney was unfortunately not there at all, but had sent up his film "De Lama Lamina," shot and performed during the 2004 Brazilian Carnavale. This was eminently disappointing, involving a few obvious sexual symbols (including an actual man's penis and masturbation against an operating machine) that did not connect otherwise. Stray vignettes were interesting, such as assistants strapping shovels and other iron tools to a wheel through snow-tire roping. But on the whole it felt like a diluted Cremaster film, not as ambitious but having also found no other virtues." A few other blogger's were more positive about the film, but didn't go into much detail.
For any Cremaster Fanatics out there who happen to be "Junior Associates" of MOMA, there will be a private screening on May 10. Still no word from Barbara Gladstone Gallery about if/when they will present an exhibition of De Lama Lamina.
Word on the street (ok, the blogsphere) is that Matthew Barney and Bjork are currently in Minneapolis for the opening of the Walker Art Center. Some of Barney's work will be on display in the inaugural exhibition, and apparently he has been there for a couple of weeks working on the installation. The public opening is tomorrow -- so all Minneapolis Cremaster Fanatics should head over.
Matthew Barney's first post-Cremaster film, De Lama Lamina, will be screened at 3:20 PM in Building 10, Room 250 at MIT on Sunday, April 3 as part of a day-long seminar called Regarding Evil. The screening is free and open to the public. As far as I know, this will be the North-American premier. The press release for De Lama Lamina states:
I ran into Matthew Barney and Bjork today in Chelsea -- my first in-person sighting!!! I recognized Bjork immediately because she was wearing the same brightly-colored shawl she has on in a number of photographs posted on this site. Unforunately, I didn't have my camera but Matthew was very nice and said he likes the site.