Known for his “building cuts,” for which he removed sections of floors, ceilings, or walls from existing structures to deconstruct viewers’ perceptions of their environments, Gordon Matta-Clark called Office Baroque an “enforced opportunity to develop ideas about spatial rhythm and complexity…an almost musical score in which a fixed set of elements played their way up and down through the layers.” In addition to the cut, he exhibited color photo collages of the transformed interior, for which he combined multiple views to disrupt the authority of any one perspective.
Gordon Matta-Clark (b. 1943, New York; d. 1978, New York)
Office Baroque, 1977
Parquet wood flooring, drywall, and wood with Cibachrome print on masonite
Photo: 30 x 20 in.; floor: 15 3/4 x 59 x 90 1/2 in.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Partial and promised gift of Blake Byrne