In the 1970s Gordon Matta- Clark, an artist born in the U.S. and the son of Roberto Matta (Chile, 1911), was inventing a new way of making art. He was cutting concentric circles and lines out of abandoned buildings, making art out of the discarded architecture most of us take for granted. It was a new form of sculpture and it did not fit into any museum.
Gordon Matta-Clark (1948-1973,United States) Circus or the Caribbean Orange / Circo o el Caribe naranja, 1978 Cibachrome print
His work was an intervention to a building. He was letting a common object influence his work, cutting away intuitively from enormous buildings on city streets, instead of building little sculptures outside of the context of daily life.
Gabriel Orozco (b. 1962, Mexico) Atomists: Ascention / Atomistas: Ascensión, 1996 2 part computer generated print
Compare the shapes used in Matta-Clark’s sculpture with the shapes in this Gabriel Orozco painting. How are these pieces similar? How are they different?
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