For his first personal exhibition in China, Matthew Barney offers a film the tells the story of a wolf hunt in the mountains of Idaho, intertwining it with the themes of mythology, artistic creation and the role of humanity in the natural world. Along with the film, five monumental sculptures, created with trees gathered from a burned forest in central Idaho near the childhood home of the artist, as well as around fifty engravings. The featured engravings are etched into copper, used by the American director and sculptor during the shooting of Redoubt. There is also a series of plaques created using an experimental technique developed by Barney during the production of the film, then refined and expanded upon in his studio. Filmed in the rugged Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho, Redoubt features the artistic language of Barney, focused on the landscape, the environment. Without dialogues, the film incorporates dance into the narration, allowing the characters to communicate through the choreography which is guided by their encounters with wildlife. Structured as a series of six hunts held over seven days and nights, the film recalls the myth of Diana, Goddess of the Hunt and Actaeon.
The major transmutation of a decorative material into a seductive status symbol in the hands of the Swiss artist