One can discern, at the core of Barney’s inquiry, an attempt to take biological facts as a way of describing a larger theoretical system: the Drawing Restraint series puts into practice what Schilder used to call topography of the postural model of the body [8], meaning a chart of the perpetual inner self-construction and self-destruction of the body image, in which motion and action are necessary for development. Barney’s organised system of resistance is in fact grounded in the entropic dissipation of the energy of production and is sustained by the cross-influence of expenditure and regeneration.

Simone Frangi

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