Matthew Barney is an American artist who works in performance, film, sculpture and drawing.
In Cremaster 4, the work produced by Artangel, Barney himself played the Loughton Candidate, an immaculately dressed satyr who tap dances and writhes though the underwater canals of the Isle of Man while three fairies picnic on the grass above. The Loughton Ram is a native species of the Isle of Man which has two pairs of horns, one that rises and one that grows downwards.
Barney has had solo exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center and the Serpentine Gallery in London, as well as regularly showing as part of group exhibitions internationally since graduating from Yale University in 1989. He was awarded the Europa 2000 Prize, the Hugo Boss Award in 1996, the James D. Phelan Art Award in Video in 1999, the Glen Dimplex Award from the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2001 and the Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award, 54th San Francisco International Film Festival in 2011.
Cremaster 4 is part of The Artangel Collection. Since its initial presentation in 1994, it has been screened at Whitechapel Gallery in 2014 and Flatpack Festival, Birmingham in 2017.