"CREMASTER 5" (1997)

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

"The cremaster are a set of muscles that control the height of the internal reproductive system in the male. I took that one as a title for a couple reasons, primarily in that the story, over the course of five chapters, has to do with a kind of system whose state is fluctuating, not necessarily literally as a reproductive system, but as a system whose identity is changing."

- Matthew Barney