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Clarion Vol 6: Gordon Matta-Clark & Pope.L: Impossible Failures

Gordon Matta-Clark


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Completion through Removal


Completion through removal. Abstraction of surfaces. Not-building, not-to-rebuild, not-built-space. Creating spatial complexity reading new openings against old surfaces. Light admitted into space or beyond surfaces that are cut. Breaking and entering. Approaching structural collapse / separating the parts at the point of collapse. 

Translating the diagram into its structural context. What’s beyond the building’s surface.

Rather than using language, using walls. Looking through the thing. The ambiguity, what’s there and not, as much not as the whole.Usurpable void’s. What happens when weight’s. Release and working contained energy.


The meeting point released: spatial intersection where things are layered or suspended. 

A cut that took three days and six inches of rain. Simple gestures. 

Spatial complexities and admitting new light.



City edges —————— Rather than finding more ways of using and exploiting what is leſt

forgotten and remains empty it would be far more useful to allow dead ends their peace and quiet. If the cities use-pattern dwindles off to places seemingly forgotten except for each of

us who finds it enjoying a short escape from total development, why rush back and insist it

be altered to accommodate all—the failing of the architectural stage set mentality is its homogeneous accessibility to all and an oppressive mania for influencing the entire fabric in all its

details over all its surfaces. Nothing’s leſt alone. The professional devotion to care and responsibility leaves no space untreated, no surface uncovered whose final effect is a lifeless emptiness completely opposite to the emptiness at the end of the road or at the top of the stairs or at any point of non-use…

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