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TRAVELS IN HYPERTROPHIA: A PROJECT FOR ARTFORUM

MATTHEW BARNEY IS THE MYTHOGRAPHER of our closing millennium, of a world less recognizably human—which isn’t such a bad thing. Like a Victor Frankenstein breast-fed with a dose of David Cronenberg, Barney is assembling an ever-permutating organism of extending limbs (performance, video, sculpture, installation) that has much to say about a world of growth and reproduction fervently at odds with the human condition as we know it. In Barney’s universe, hard masculine football-playing bodies are as prone to penetration and transformation as the protean landscape of the fairy tale. And familiar objects (bench presses, vehicles, tools, bodies, various sorts of gooey, metamorphosing substances) appear only to be reborn, reanimated within an elaborate esthetic/genetic cosmology that, yes, attempts to tell stories of gender and generation differently.

Barney recently premiered a new video, Cremaster

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