If you're familiar with Matthew Barney, you know that his films are some of the most visually stimulating works in avant-garde cinema. If not, familiarize yourself with the Cremaster Cycle. In the five-part film made over the span of 8 years (all made and released out of sequential order), Barney explores the subject of human biology in a world only he could create.
I had the chance to see his latest sculpture exhibition "DJED" at Gladstone Gallery, which is also his first New York showing of the "Ancient Evenings" project. Barney has always been a personal favorite of mine since I took an experimental film class in college. So I was nothing short of ecstatic to finally get the chance to see one of his pieces in person. "DJED" is a series of post-apocalyptic feeling metal sculptures. Encompassed by elegant fine line drawings, they tell a story of reincarnation through Egyptian mythology while also commenting on American industrialism and the automotive industry.
"DJED" runs from September 17 through October 22nd.Photos courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.
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