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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Matthew Barney screening Friday at Whitespace

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 2:53 PM

click to enlarge LOVE MACHINES: Matthew Barney's 'De Lama Lamina' fathoms the depths of 'biomechanical erotica.'
  • LOVE MACHINES: Matthew Barney's 'De Lama Lamina' fathoms the depths of 'biomechanical erotica.'

Artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney is best known for his epic vision of the beautiful and the utterly weird. Jonathan Jones, art critic for the Guardian, provides a fine summary of that vision in his review of Barney's five-part Cremaster Cycle (1994-2002):

What is apparent is that this is The Waste Land for a generation that grew up with Star Wars. Like TS Eliot's poem, this series of films tries to salvage what in myth, ritual and art is still accessible to the modern world. Eliot's modern wasteland was the London of the early 20th century, with its fogs, crowds of commuters on London Bridge and a typist waiting for "the young man carbuncular". Barney's modern world, however, is defined by death metal and Vaseline, and his myths all have their point of origin and their destination in the cremaster, a muscle that connects the scrotum to the male body.

Of course, the films' imagery helps to sharpen the point.

To mark the closing of its Summer Falls exhibition, Whitespace Gallery will host a screening of another Matthew Barney film, De Lama Lamina, this Fri., Aug. 28. Although there will be two showings, at 9 and 10 p.m., the gallery advises that everyone arrive early enough to find a seat. You can RSVP directly by emailing susan@whitespace814.com.

(Photo courtesy Whitespace Gallery)

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