Matthew Barney (born March 25, 1967 in San Francisco, California) is a contemporary artist who works with film, video, installations, sculpture, photography, drawing and performance art. Barney has described himself as being primarily a sculptor.New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman called Barney "the most important American artist of his generation." Barney's work has been described as being part of "the legacy of the performance art of the 1960s and 1970s."
Barney spent his youth partially in Idaho, where he played football in Capital High School, and partially in New York City with his mother, who introduced him to art and museums. This intermingling of sports and art would inspire his later work as an artist. Barney entered Yale University planning on studying medicine, but became enamored with art and fashion. He received a B.A. from Yale in 1989. He also worked briefly as a model for Click Modeling Agency, and was in a J. Crew ad.
Drawing Restraint 9 is a feature-length art film by American artist Matthew Barney, dealing with the relationship between creativity and self-imposed resistance.
Shot in Nagasaki Bay, the film is set aboard the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru. On board is a vast sculpture of vaseline entitled "The Field", which continually transforms during the film, most representing the oceanic theme of the work. The lead characters, known as "The Occidental Guests", are played by Matthew's partner Björk and Matthew Barney himself. There is only one moment of dialogue within the 135-minute film — during the tea ceremony — which explains the history of the Nisshin Maru vessel.
The soundtrack for the film was composed by Björk and was released on One Little Indian, July 25, 2005. It features the shō (Japanese mouth organ) playing of Mayumi Miyata.
Drawing Restraint 9 premiered at the 62nd Venice Film Festival and was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2005. IFC Films... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446685