Matthew Barney: No Restraint | Chicago Reader

Matthew Barney: No Restraint

Alison Chernick's serviceable 2006 documentary on artist-filmmaker Matthew Barney focuses on the filming of his Drawing Restraint 9. It was set on a Japanese whaler and entailed finding a way to shape large quantities of petroleum jelly on board; Bjork talks about her music and performances, and Barney says the film was about “removing the resistance from the body” to allow for something more “emotionally positive”—one reason, no doubt, it proved such a bore. More interesting is Chernick's concise survey of Barney's intriguing early work, including weird Vaseline-covered sculptures and footage of him trying to draw while under physical restraints such as a harness, etc. 70 min.

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