A W-Hole House and Selected Drawings
Opening on January 10th, the gallery will present an exhibition of work by Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-78). On view will be work relating to the artist's 1973 project entitled A W-Hole House: photographs; cut-drawings; drawings; as well as an actual architectural cut in the gallery space, referring to the original cut made by the artist himself. This will be the artist's second exhibition with David Zwirner.
In 1973 Gordon Matta-Clark was invited by the Italian curator Paolo Minetti and Galeriaforma to exhibit in Genoa, Italy. In order to give Matta-Clark an opportunity to make one of his architectural cuts, Minetti secured a simple story building for Matta-Clark in Genoa, resulting in the project A W-Hole House. The original interior of the building was designed in such a way that the central intersection of all the interior walls and doors was located directly under the midpoint of the roof. Starting with a horizontal line three feet from the floor, the artist made two parallel horizontal cuts around the interior walls of the structure, dividing them into three bands. He then removed the square center of the terra cotta tiled roof with the help of a crane, opening it up into shafts of light. The angle of the light beams were then cut into the wall bands. The wall fragments, referred to by the artist as Datum Cuts, and the roof cut were initially exhibited with the photos, the drawings and the so-called "cut" drawings. Although the objects of these incisions no longer exist, the remaining body of work gives a very good sense of the intricacies and physicality of the project.
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