We were fortunate enough to snag the Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 19 deck at the Goodwood Art Show benefiting the Rideit Sculpture Park located in Hamtramck, Michigan.
This is the 19th in a series of performance pieces that Matthew Barney has been responsible for, dating back to 1987. The Drawing restraint series is as a series of studio experiments, drawing upon an athletic model of development in which, growth occurs only through restraint: the muscle encounters resistance, becomes engorged and is broken down, and in healing becomes stronger. In this case, literally restraining the body while attempting to make a drawing.
For this piece, A block of graphite was affixed to the nose of a skateboard and the skateboard becomes a drawing tool. Barney wanted an artist and profesional skateboarder to do the performace and Lance Mountain was selected. Joe Brook came out to shoot the photos for Juxtapoz Magazine's featured story.
Powerhouse Productions is a non-profit group that is hell-bent on beautifying Detroit, specifically the Hamtramck. A sustainable artist-in-residence program community-based arts programs in a previously foreclosed neighborhood was born. The benefit raised over $150,000 for PHP, they were able to purchase and refurbish homes on the same block as their home. Power House and Juxtapoz invited Swoon, Retna, Ben Wolf, Richard Colman, Monica Canilao, and Saelee Oh to paint and reimagine the neighborhood houses. A house with a recording studio, A handball and racquet ball house, and other creative works have been the result.
Photos: Joe Brook
Credit: Juxtapoz Magazine
Thanks: Mitch Cope, Powerhouse Productions, Matthew Barney, Lance Mountain, Joe Brook, Juxtapoz Magazine, Eric Carlsen, Chris Rosik