Starting tomorrow, on International Buy Your Loved One a Piece of Crap Day, The American Cinematheque will start running both Drawing Restraint 9 AND the documentary on the making of DR9, Matthew Barney: No Restraint until February the 18th. For those of you not snooty enough, Matthew Barney is considered one of America’s premier video artists. And he is shacked up with Bjork, who co-stars with him in DR9 and penned the soundtrack for this untraditional film set on a Japanese whaling boat. His films are beautiful, violent, intensely strange and not for the light-hearted. They are non-narrative works dripping with heavy symbolism, and his concerns with contemporary sculpture often raise their head, as big gooey vats of wax and vaseline figure prominently in his work.
Barney has said repeatedly that DR9 will not be on DVD, so this is might be your only chance to see it without following him around in some sort of circus-like way, which is behavior you should reserve for your favorite jam band, not your favorite video artist.
And if you have never heard the word CREMASTER before, I urge you to back away from this post and go watch a Disney movie.