“Splitting, cutting, writing, drawing, eating… Gordon Matta-Clark” exhibition at Serralves Museum

The exhibition  surveys the constructive and destructive verbs that defined his relation to art and architecture, featuring correspondence, drawings, photographs, notebooks, and films related to the artist’s key projects, drawn from the archive of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, in Montréal.  

 

Conical Intersect, 1975. © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner, New York

 

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) is one of the most influential artists of the 1970s, whose work has continued to be a noted influence of both architects and visual artists since. Along with his major building cuts from 1973 to 1978, in which laboriously cut holes into floors of abandoned or disused buildings, including A W-Hole House, Conical Intersect, Day’s End, and Splitting (1974), the exhibition also explores his interest in metabolic and cooking processes, including his restaurant Food (1971); his play with language and the syntax of voids, gaps, and abandoned spaces;  and the use of drawing as a mode of thinking through space.The exhibition will focus on these social and creative aspects of Matta-Clark´s conception of architecture, or as he put it, “making space without building it,”.

 

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“Splitting, cutting, writing, drawing, eating… Gordon Matta-Clark”
May 5 – September 03, 2017
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
R. Dom João de Castro 210,Porto,
Portugal

 


In addition to archive materials and important works by the artist, the exhibition will also present a selection of works by other artists, including Ed Rusha, Dan Graham, Alvin Baltrop, and Emily Roysdon, that set the context for Matta Clark’s literal and metaphorical gestures, produced in sites of urban reconstruction, abandonment, or renewal, or in economically deprived or marginal contexts.

 

Splitting, 1974. 322 Humphrey Street, Englewood, New Jersey © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

Splitting, 1974. 322 Humphrey Street, Englewood, New Jersey © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

Splitting, 1974. 322 Humphrey Street, Englewood, New Jersey © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

Splitting, 1974. 322 Humphrey Street, Englewood, New Jersey © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

This exhibition extends the ongoing collaboration between the Serralves Museum and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, following the gift to Serralves of 40 projects from the archive of Álvaro Siza. Previous exhibitions include, “The SAAL Process: Architecture and Participation 1974-1976“, in 2014, SPLITTING, CUTTING, WRITING, DRAWING, EATING…GORDON MATTA-CLARK , will be accompanied by a publication with texts by exhibition curators Joao Ribas and Delfim Sardo, as well as documentation of the works, archival materials, and photographs on view.

 

Splitting, 1974. 322 Humphrey Street, Englewood, New Jersey © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

Splitting, 1974. 322 Humphrey Street, Englewood, New Jersey © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

Splitting, 1974. 322 Humphrey Street, Englewood, New Jersey © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

Splitting, 1974. 322 Humphrey Street, Englewood, New Jersey © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

SPLITTING, CUTTING, WRITING, DRAWING, EATING… GORDON MATTA-CLARK is organized by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, and Culturgest, Lisbon, where it will be presented in October 2017. It is curated by João Ribas, Deputy Director and Senior Curator at Serralves Museum, and Delfim Sardo, Visual Arts Curator at Culturgest.

 

 

Splitting, 1974. 322 Humphrey Street, Englewood, New Jersey © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

Splitting, 1974. 322 Humphrey Street, Englewood, New Jersey © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

W-hole house: rooftop atrium - in 15 parts (+ a w-hole house: datum cut - in 4 parts; 2 works) © Gordon Matta-Clark

W-hole house: rooftop atrium – in 15 parts (+ a w-hole house: datum cut – in 4 parts; 2 works) © Gordon Matta-Clark

ThresHole. Bronx Floors: Threshole. 1972-73 New York © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

ThresHole. Bronx Floors: Threshole. 1972-73 New York © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner

 

GORDON MATTA-CLARK
Gordon Matta-Clark was a key figure in the New York art world in SoHo from the late 1960s until his untimely death in 1978, and now recognized as of the most influential artists of the last decades. He was born in New York on June 22, 1943, to artists Roberto Matta and Anna Clark. Matta-Clark’s childhood was spent in New York, Paris, and Chile, and he studied architecture at Cornell University in 1963–68.

 

 

Untitled (cut drawing), 1974 by Gordon Matta-Clark

Untitled (cut drawing), 1974 by Gordon Matta-Clark

Untitled (cut drawing), 1974 by Gordon Matta-Clark

Untitled (cut drawing), 1974 by Gordon Matta-Clark


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