Matthew Barney: No Restraint

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Matthew Barney: No Restraint makes an honest attempt to illuminate its subject's provocative work, but ultimately fails to capture its inspiration or appeal.

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How does artist Matthew Barney use 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly, a factory whaling vessel, and traditional Japanese rituals to create his latest art project? Barney plowed the waters off the coast of Nagasaki to film his massive endeavor, Drawing Restraint 9. The documentary "Matthew Barney: No Restraint" journeys to Japan with Barney and his collaborator Bjork, as the visual artist creates a "narrative sculpture" telling a fantastical love story of two characters that transform from land mammals into whales.

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Critic Reviews for Matthew Barney: No Restraint

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  • More interesting is Chernick's concise survey of Barney's intriguing early work, including weird Vaseline-covered sculptures and footage of him trying to draw while under physical restraints such as a harness, etc.

    Apr 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • If Chernick set out to portray the couple's movie project as a bit frivolous and self-absorbed, she succeeded. But I doubt that was the intention.

    Mar 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [Director] Chernick's stylish yet superficial report looks more like an orientation video for museum visitors.

    Feb 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Barney's art presents a cross between the creepiness of David Cronenberg and David Lynch and the grandiosity and business sense of George Lucas. Chernick's film unquestioningly admires it.

    Feb 2, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As blandly lucid as Barney is wildly and perplexingly imaginative.

    Feb 2, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Alison Chernick's documentary attempts to provide some much-needed insight, combining a biographical and artistic portrait of the provocateur.

    Dec 30, 2006

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