Artsy crowd on ‘Cycle’ ride

Blackwell calls projects 'a genius bit of work'

The young and orchestratedly laid-back packed into Piano’s on the Lower East Side Wednesday night to celebrate Palm Pictures’ bow of “The Cremaster Cycle,” five experimental films by Matthew Barney.

Barney, a contemporary artist with a solo show currently on at the Guggenheim, admitted he did not create the five-part spectacle with even arthouse theaters in mind.

“It was always about a single work, of five discreet stories that would generate five bodies of narrative sculpture,” Barney said. “However that moving image would be exploited was a little bit secondary.”

Palm’s Chris Blackwell called the pics “a genius bit of work” and enthused about the cycle’s release on DVD. “It’s just so visually stimulating, you don’t know where it’s gonna go.”

The crowd included Palm’s head of acquisitions, David Koh, credited by Blackwell for nabbing the pics, as well as David Beal and Ramon Villa, and, from the “Cremaster” crew, Aimee Mullins, Marti Domination and Jonathan Bepler, plus guests John Cameron Mitchell and Peter Saarsgard.

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