MATTHEW BARNEY

 

 

 

GALVANIC BLOCK IS PART OF A SERIES OF “WATER CAST” SCULPTURES THAT WERE PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH RIVER OF FUNDAMENT, THE ARTIST’S 6-HOUR OPERATIC FILM COLLABORATION WITH COMPOSER JONATHAN BEPLER. RIVER OF FUNDAMENT TELLS A STORY OF REGENERATION AND REBIRTH INSPIRED BY ANCIENT EVENINGS (1983), NORMAN MAILER’S SPRAWLING, PROVOCATIVE NOVEL SET IN EARLY EGYPT.

GALVANIC BLOCK SITS ON A CAST PALLET AND HAS AT ITS CORE AN AUTOMOBILE ENGINE BLOCK. JUST AS THE GOLD RUSH SHAPED THE HISTORY OF THE WEST SO METALLURGY AND AN INTEREST IN THE TRANSFORMATION OF MATERIALS WAS ALSO A KEY PART OF THE CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION THAT GREW OUT OF THE DESERTS OF EGYPT. GALVANIC BLOCK FOLLOWS THIS INTEREST INTO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. THE FORM WAS CREATED FIRST BY POURING MOLTEN METAL INTO A PIT OF BENTONITE CLAY BEFORE BEING PARTIALLY HOT-DIPPED IN A BATH OF MOLTEN ZINC. THE RESULT SUGGESTS A STRANGE AND UNIDENTIFIABLE OBJECT MYSTERIOUSLY BRIDGING BOTH TIME AND SPACE.

 

TITLE:
GALVANIC BLOCK
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LOCATION:
COD, INDIO, CA

33°43'05.6"N 116°13'13.7"W