CREMASTER 3: The Entered Novitiate
Matthew Barney ( American, 1967 )
Dressed in 1930s fashions, Matthew Barney and the athlete, model, and actress Aimee Mullins stand back-to-back in the Cloud Club [2003.24.1.a-d] nightclub itself. They represent Barney’s character as the apprentice architect and a female version of the same architect. This doubling device in the story is realized visually in the mirrored details of each half of the photograph. The orange and green of the carpet call attention, as they do throughout the film, to the colors of the official flag of the Republic of Ireland, a source of Barney’s artistic identity. His photographs distill moments from the plot in a format associated with traditional photographic portraits.
Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 53.
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