"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
PREVIEW: Matthew Barney in Season 1 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2001)
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Matthew Barney is best known as the producer and creator of the "CREMASTER" films. The title of the films refers to the muscle that raises and lowers the male reproductive system according to temperature, external stimulation, or fear. The films themselves are a grand mixture of history, autobiography, and mythology—a universe in which symbols are densely layered and interconnected.
Matthew Barney is featured in the Season 1 episode "Consumption" of the Art21 series "Art in the Twenty-First Century".