The Cremaster Cycle

May 20, 2014

From 1994 to 2002, artist Matthew Barney embarked on an artistic endeavor to create his epic five part work titled “The Cremaster Cycle”. Each of the five parts consisted of it’s own feature film as well as an installation consisting of the sculptures used in each film and photographs reflecting elements from each film. Through his use of sculptural costumes and alterations to both human and animal bodies, Barney created a large scale work that is as beautifully mesmerizing as it is brutally horrifying. From the prosthetic effects to the grandiose costumes and settings, “The Cremaster Cycle” is truly a feast for the eyes. Watch an interview with Matthew Barney about the series for Art21 here. 

text by Canbra Hodsdon