gordon matta-clark

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943 – 1978) studied architecture at Cornell University, but he never practiced that discipline as it is usually conceived. Instead, his artworks took architecture as their subject matter in order to analyze the built environment. He is best known for cutting into and removing sections of buildings. These projects challenge our assumptions about the solidity of architecture and expose the tenuousness of the division between inside and outside, public and private. Ambitious in scale, they were utterly ephemeral, and survive only in photographic and film documentation and in sculptural fragments. Matta-Clark’s work, which also included drawings and freestanding objects, reflects his passionate involvement with issues of the urban environment and public space. Source: SFMOMA.

City Slivers (1976)
Images of the deconstruction of abandoned buildings and industrial structures are closely associated with “anarchitect” Gordon Matta-Clark. Here, however, are the film works through which Matta-Clark furthered his lifelong excavation of urban dwellings. This film is a formal investigation of New York’s urban architecture. The film was planned to be projected on the exterior facade of a building, and was shown for the first time in the open air exhibition ARCADES and later in the Holly Solomon Gallery.

These films are part of a programme curated by Martijn van Boven.