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Matthew Barney – No Restraint (Art/Sculpture/Special Interest)


Picture: C+     Sound: C     Extras: C     Documentary: C



As a sort of protest to whaling and who knows what else, postmodern sculpture Matthew Barney is back with No Restraint, producing a new in-water sculpture using Vaseline and making as many off-kilter organic suggestions as possible.  Alison Chernick’s documentary is more conventional that the ever-bizarre The Order: From Cremaster 3 (issued on DVD a while ago) but is ultimately not much of a better work.


Bjork surfaces to join him in this collaboration, but it ultimately feels more like a couple of people making a pretentious mess in the ocean (a problem if they are being pro-environmental) that crosses a whaling vessel, some Japanese traditional items and 45,000 pounds of petroleum jelly.  He is considered a great sculptor, but all I see is a bizarre mess with no point.  Think of it as a making-of program at best, if you care.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is color odd, detail challenged and mixed overall.  Cleanness is consistent, but it is nothing special.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is barely stereo, decodes as monophonic-like center channel Pro Logic and is at a lower volume than it ought to be.  Extras include time lapse photography and several interview pieces.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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