CREMASTER 2: The Ectoplasm, Matthew Barney
Matthew Barney
CREMASTER 2: The Ectoplasm
Back to top

Matthew Barney

CREMASTER 2: The Ectoplasm, 1999


Dimensions
101.5 x 127.0 cm
Inventory Number
DZF 187
Status
On display

Texts

About the Work

What is spoken by the medium becomes visible as electroplasma – a substance that issues from the mouth as foam. In Matthew Barney’s work, it appears as a cipher of summoning on the lips of the woman dressed in black. The tentacles of figural furniture are reaching for the couple deep in a trance. A mixed-media work in five parts, ‘CREMASTER’ takes us to the dark side of American popular culture, where the protagonists act on a Neo-Baroque set enriched with symbolist meaning. Their eccentric body language is derived from Surrealist paintings.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
CREMASTER 2: The Ectoplasm (Original Title)
Photographer
Serial Number / Edition
1 / 6 + 1AP
Period Produced
Object Type
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Matthew Barney

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Matthew Barney: Cremaster 2, 1999, aus: The Cremaster cycle, Kunstfilm in 5 Teilen, 1994-2002, USA
Associated Medium
  • Matthew Barney: Cremaster-Zyklus (Cremaster 1-5)

Iconclass

Primary
  • 41AA1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings - AA - civic architecture: inside
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 31D15(+72) adult woman (+ two persons)
  • 31B12 sleeping in chair
  • 31A2512 arm stretched forward
  • 31A22613 veins
Secondary

More to discover

Contact

Do you have any suggestions, questions or information about this work?

Last import

31.01.2019