Wednesday, April 12, 2006

he's a bit of a submarine

Thus did Bjork describe her partner Matthew Barney in a lengthy New York Times profile over the weekend to coincide with the release of their film/music collaboration, Drawing Restraint 9.

It was an apt description, not only because the man in question — Matthew Barney, the artist and filmmaker and Bjork's boyfriend for almost six years — operates at a kind of deep-sea level, silently (he dreads talking about his work) dredging up fantastical and sometimes fearsome creatures from the dark ocean bed of human consciousness. The image also fits nicely with the movie itself, "Drawing Restraint 9," which might best be described as a conceptual-nautical-ritual romance, or maybe a Shinto-shipboard-sculptural tryst.