Morphosis wishes a Happy Birthday to multi-talented artist extraordinaire Matthew Barney (now 40). According to New York Times, he’s the most important American artist of his generation. He’s married to songster Björk.
Barney’s work’s always been earmarked by an obsession with the excruciating ambivalence of half-way states. Is the space between the self as subject and the self as narcissistic object a heretofore unbridgeable chasm calling for extreme feats of absurd athleticism ? Über-awesome Barney explores a phenomemon that’s been reported as the sentimentilization of maleness. His work reflects on the impossibility of being truly male in our Western culture.