credits: ?, ‘Building Cuts’, Gordon Matta Clark
Gordon Matta Clark (June 22, 1943 – August 27, 1978) studied architecture, but did not practice as a conventional architect. He`s known for radically altering existing structures e.g. his ‘Building-Cuts’ , where he vertically cuts a house is in a half. His work includes photography, film, video, performance and recycling pieces, space and texture works and the Building-Cuts.
Matta Clark was strongly influenced by Colin Rowe, preeminent architectural theorist of modernism, whom he met at Cornell University. Later his work became informed by the concept of Détournement, developed by Guy Debord, the Situationists and the French deconstructionist philosophers.
Demonstrating language as a social carrier and tool for ideology, he used word games and puns to re-conceptualize preconditioned roles and relationships exploring the fields between people and architecture.
“AN ARK KIT PUNCTURE, ANARCHY TORTURE, AN ARCTIC LECTURE, AN ORCHID TEXTURE, AN ART COLLECTOR…”
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, 3716 Washington Boulevard; St. Louis, MO 63108,
“Gordon Matta Clark: Urban Alchemy”
October 30, 2009 – June 5, 2010
find photos and text of exhibition at This Is Tomorrow