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What we’re reading: Matta-Clark, part 2


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Conical Intersect is a multivalent work — part sculptural installation, part street theatre, part rectified readymade, part son et lumière — that nevertheless directly addressed timely issues in the urban landscape. As much as the work turned on a spatial intervention, it was its temporal dimension that in the end defined it. Begun in the last week of September 1975, in the mouldering, detritus-filled rooms of a derelict building slated for demolition, the piece was created in labour-intensive daily increments over a two-week span and remained on view until the second week of October, when another small team of workers appeared on the scene to initiate a different mode of deconstruction. Attaching the links of a metal chain around the rear staircase of the building, they worked in consort with a large crane that alternated between smashing sections of the outer walls and pulling apart chunks of bricks and beams. In a matter of hours, the building was reduced to a pile of debris.”

Excerpt from Bruce Jenkins, Gordon Matta-Clark: Conical Intersect, (London: Afterall Books, 2011) 41.
Photo by Deborah Wang, the reader.


What we’re reading: Gordon Matta-Clark


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“The Paris Biennale [1975] provided [Gordon] Matta-Clark with an opportunity to work with the conical figure of projected light — the material in which [artist Anthony] McCall had rendered what he called his ‘solid light film’ performances. It is perhaps precisely this spatialised manifestation of light that was the inspiration for Matta-Clark’s vision of a ‘sound and light show’. Gerry Hovagimyan, one of the artist’s two assistant in the dusty enterprise on the rue Beaubourg, recalled that ‘Gordon and I talked about [Line Describing a Cone] a lot, and that’s what he was trying to do at Beaubourg. In fact, that was the first total Gestalt image he used in a building. […] Before Conical Intersect he used to chop everything apart.’ This paracinematic aspect of Conical Intersect conjoined, for the first time, Matta-Clark’s filmic ambitions with what he called his ‘anarchitectural’ practice of ‘making space without building it.'”

Excerpt from Bruce Jenkins, Gordon Matta-Clark: Conical Intersect, (London: Afterall Books, 2011) 39.
Photo by Deborah Wang, the reader.