For the last six years, Ameircan artist, Matthew Barney has been working on a film of epic proportions. River of Fundament is based on the novel by Norman Mailer, called Ancient Evenings. The book is about two protagonists who find themselves in the alien world of Ancient Egypt, as they go on a journey through reincarnation. The film reconstructs this hypersexual story, featuring Egyptian gods and the seven stages of reincarnation, which is shown in contrast to the rise and fall of the American car industry. With a running time of six hours, it really is an epic adventure, and incorporates sculpture and opera into the performance.
As if six hours was not enough, now Barney is expanding on River of Fundament with an exhibition at Sadie Coles Gallery. Running until the 13th December, Crown Zinc is a sculptural series that focusses on the themes of his film: death, rebirth, and American cars. Although the latter may feel out of place, the cars symbolise transmigration of the soul. Barney depicts these cars in various stages of decay through sculptural works that suggest regeneration and alchemic metamorphosis.