Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint

Resistance and creativity

Serpentine Gallery

20 Sep 2007 to 11 Nov 2007

Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint

Admission Free

The first major public exhibition in the UK of the work of artist Matthew Barney.

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The exhibition consisted of sculpture, installation, performance, drawing and film from throughout Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint series, numbers 1 to 16. This series of works investigates the relationship between resistance and creativity, the effects of physical limitation being explored in the parallel realms of artistic and athletic endeavour. The gallery also collaborated with The Gate Cinema in London on a programme of screenings focusing on Barney’s recent feature film, DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 (2005). A number of large-scale sculptures related to the film, including Ambergris (2005), Holographic Entry Point (2005) and Occidental Restraint (2005) were displayed at the gallery. These works challenged conventional notions of sculptural media in their use of industrial materials such as polycaprolactone thermoplastic, expanded polystyrene and petroleum jelly.

Matthew Barney: DRAWING RESTRAINT was organised by the Serpentine Gallery in cooperation with Kunsthalle Vienna and was presented in Vienna from 7 March – 8 June, 2008.

 

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Resistance and creativity

Matthew Barney, Holographic Entry Point 2005

Matthew Barney, Holographic Entry Point 2005

Matthew Barney

2005
Holographic Entry Point, 2005
Installation view from the exhibition Matthew Barney:Drawing Restraint, (20 September – 11 November 2007)
Matthew Barney, Holographic Entry Point 2005

Matthew Barney, Holographic Entry Point 2005

Matthew Barney

2005
Holographic Entry Point, 2005
Installation view from the exhibition Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint, (20 September – 11 November 2007)
Matthew Barney, Ambergris 2005

Matthew Barney, Ambergris 2005

Matthew Barney

2005
Ambergris, 2005
Installation view: Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul

Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York

Matthew Barney, DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 2005

Matthew Barney

2005
DRAWING RESTRAINT 9, 2005
Production still
Matthew Barney, Occidental Restraint 2005

Matthew Barney, Occidental Restraint 2005

Matthew Barney

2005
Occidental Restraint, 2005
Installation view: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York

Matthew Barney, DRAWING RESTRAINT 9 2005

Matthew Barney

2007
DRAWING RESTRAINT 9, 2005
Production still
Matthew Barney, Drawing Restraint 2 1988

Matthew Barney, Drawing Restraint 2 1988

Matthew Barney

1988

Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York