- Gordon Matta-Clark New York, USA, 1943 - 1978
- Edition/serial number:Unlimited
- Media description:Super 8 film transferred to video (Digital Betacam and DVD)
- Duration:23 min. 10 sec.
- Category: Video
- Entry date:2007
- Register number:AD04640
- Image credit:Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York (http://www.eai.org)
To this end the artist chose a building located on Pier 52, a relic of the 19th century industrial past, on which he made a series of cuts, sometimes under dangerous conditions. The reason for these complicated manoeuvres and contortions in the air can be understood as an absurd, humorous gesture, a sort of tribute to the stars of silent films like Harold Lloyd, while also showing his interest for dance and performance. In this monumental industrial building made of steel and corrugated metal with an interior reminiscent of a Christian basilica, Matta-Clark created shaped apertures by removing several sections of the roof and walls – a sail on the wall facing the river, a rose window on the western wall, a quarter circle on the south-east floor – which created a sequence of changing light patterns and reflections on the surface of the Hudson River. Although this was one of Matta-Clark's longest-surviving interventions (two years), he failed to convert it into the cultural catalyst he intended and the building was closed by the police on the day of its inauguration and stood abandoned until its demolition.
Matta-Clark, Gordon (1943-1978)Chicago : Museum of Contemporary Art , 1978
Matta-Clark, Gordon (1943-1978)San Francisco : Cinematheque , c2004.
Jenkins, BruceLondon : Afterall Books , 2011
Gordon Matta-Clark / edited by Corinne Diserens ; survey by Thomas Crow ; essays by Judith Russi Kirshner and Christian KravagnaMatta-Clark, Gordon (1943-1978)London : Phaidon , 2006