"CREMASTER 5" (1997)

"CREMASTER 5," 1997
Production still
Photo by Michael James O’Brien, © Matthew Barney
Courtesy Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York

"The five chapters of the story are about an organism that is changing, and the system that changes that form alters from chapter to chapter...It's essentially about an imposed will onto the state of the [cremaster] form, sometimes in a very abstract way, sometimes in a more literal, biological way. But it's basically a structural word. It's being used as a way to tell the story, and not as a way to define a biological system at all."

- Matthew Barney

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