created by Phoebe A

2 Mar 2010

In or Out?

'Splitting' 1974
Gordon Matta-Clarke

We live in an age of mechanical reproduction, temporary art, disposable installation.

Even architecture is subject to photographic representation and its initial impression can certainly be manipulated in this way. But what is the meaning of the building after it has endured a 2D compression?

Gordon Matta-Clarke (1943-1978) struggled with his understanding modern architecture, despite training as an architect for several years.

"architects are not solving anything except how to make a living"

He performed a sort of 'surgery' on houses. Slicing and dicing to disorientate the original form of the building into an installation he would then photograph.
So the building only becomes art after it has spent a little time in the hands of an artist.

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