Barney's Canopic Chest, 2009-2011. Cast bronze, 73 1/2 x 165 x 243 inches. Copyright Matthew Barney. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels Barney's DJED, 2009-2011. Cast iron and graphite block, 20 1/4 x 406 x 399 inches. Copyright Matthew Barney. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels Barney's Secret Name, 2008/2011. Cast lead, polycaprolactone, copper and zinc 21 3/4 x 179 x 128 1/2 inches. Copyright Matthew Barney. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels Barney's Sacrificial Anode, 2011. Cast zinc and high density polyethylene, 7 1/2 x 98 1/2 x 61 3/4 inches. Copyright Matthew Barney. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels
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Matthew Barney's 'DJED' at Gladstone

BY James Parker | Thu. September 22, 2011 | culture club
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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