photo: SAIKI Taku
Drawing Restraint 8：Natal Cleft
|Material/ Technique||graphite, watercolor and petroleum jelly on paper in rotomolded polycarbonate frames, with nylon fiber, acrylic and vivac|
|Copyright Notice||© Matthew BARNEY|
|Year of acquisition/ donation||2003|
|Description||Born in San Francisco, USA in 1967. Lives and works in New York.|
Matthew Barney has a wide range of experience, having studied medicine at university before majoring in art and physical education and also having worked as a fashion model. Since the 1980s he has worked mainly in sculpture and film. His films often feature himself and his own sculptures. He skillfully uses materials such as silicon and plastic, focusing on biological aspects of the human body while conjuring up a sublime artistic realm through the incorporation of repetitive mythical designs.
This work is a part of the major ongoing series “Drawing Restraint.” As indicated by the title, which refers to the application of restraint or restriction to the body while drawing, this series deals with universal themes such as the human body and the world that surrounds it, as well as with activity and energy inside the body. Inside a transparent acrylic case in the form of a table are a number of polycarbonate frames containing petroleum jelly, graphite and drawings, representing the split that occurs during the initial cell division after fertilization, or in other words the ‘natal cleft.’ The result is a profound work in which Barney’s unique sculptural language gives impetus to the magnificent world that unfolds from the tiny clefts.
This Collection Data page contains the works and materials in the collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, as of April 1, 2018.
Artists are listed alphabetically by artist’s surname.
Works and materials by the same artists are listed according to the date of the work in principle.
Works whose dates are unidentified are listed at the end of each item. Some works are not listed according to the date of work due to their relations.
The data of works and materials are listed in order of title, production year, material/technique/form, dimensions, donor’s name, copyright holder and credit for photograph.
Dimensions are given by height (H) x width (W) in centimeters for plane work, and height (H) x width (W) x depth (D) in cm for 3-D work. Diameter (Ø) is used for circular work.
For the name of country or city, the name currently used in English is listed in principle.