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Conical Intersect

Gordon Matta-Clark (American, 1943–1978)


Medium 16mm film; color, silent; 18:40 min. Measurements No Measurements Credit Purchase: gift of Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation Accession Number 94.224.5 Location Not on View


In the early 1970s, artist Matta-Clark did projects in which he cut into the surfaces and structural members of buildings. The simple geometry of the voids he created contrasted with the complex architectural forms and the wear and tear of their history. Splitting, Bingo and Conical Intersect document these architectural projects. While Freshkill and Clockshower do not record such projects, they nevertheless reflect Matta-Clark's interest in interaction with objects: in Freshkill he destroys and disposes of a commercial van, and in Clockshower a mime performs for the camera on a clocktower high above city streets.