Sunday, February 28, 2010

More like Matthew BLARNEY

The more I look into Matthew Barney, the more I regret using him as my muse. He seem to take this stuff way too seriously. If there were at least a hint of a smirk on his face I would know he gets the joke, but it seems to me like he's just trying much too hard. There's just no need to come up with that many layers of meaning. No one actually cares. And those that do simultaneously make my stomach churn and the corners of my mouth lift because it's just funny to see people try so hard when it doesn't have to be that difficult. So there I went. I sold my muse out.

The videos themselves are very good-looking, don't get me wrong. But I think I have to disconnect the artist from the art because his bullshit is really starting to get to me.

This is what I should've used for my mentor:


  1. I feel the same way about MB. I've always found it interesting how he embraced macho-ness as part of his aesthetic and threw that into his whole exploration of gender differentiation (with the Goodyear blimps/football fields, Freemasonry, auto racing, etc.), but he also seems kind of macho on a personal level, too, which rubs me the wrong way. I also really want to know where he got the money to make his films, because they look as professionally-made as any Hollywood blockbuster. They're fucking amazing (especially the Cremaster cycle), but the fact that he only shows them in fancy museums and only sells 50 copies of the DVD's seems a little unnecessary. Because they're so cinematic (as opposed to a typical "art video"), I don't understand why he doesn't release them on DVD's with nice sound and everything.

  2. We've read in magazines that MB's gallerist bankrolls the production of his films and then hopes that the sale of the limited edition copies can cover the expenses (and then some no doubt). He was a football player and male model then artist and married to Bjork. David Lynch taps into something altogether different. Thank god and he's spent time in good ol' Wisconsin making prints and "The Straight Story". Make sure you check out Eraserhead for that gross-out dinner scene! Oh yeh, and don't forget: "In heaven everything is fine."