Gordon Matta-Clark on 'Undoing a Building'

"Splitting," by Gordon Matta-Clark (1974). Source: Secretforts

In a 1977 interview published in the catalogue for the "In Matta-Clark" exhibition in Antwerp, Gordon Matta-Clark gave the following interpretation of some of his work, in which he sliced and removed pieces of still-standing buildings:
By undoing a building ... [I] open a a state of enclosure which has been preconditioned not only by physical necessity but by the industry that proliferates suburban and urban boxes as a pretext for ensuring a passive, isolated consumer.
Gordon Matta-Clark in "Gordon Matta-Clark [PDF]," by Dan Graham, 1985

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