Gordon Matta-Clark is considered one of the most important and influential American conceptual artists of the Deconstructivism movement and became especially known for his "Cuttings" and "Splittings" in the 1970s. These were cuts he made with a chainsaw through ceilings, floors, facades or whole buildings. He also removed large building parts ("Interventions") as seen in the image offered here. These temporary artworks are only preserved on film and photographs which are collected and exhibited in international museums such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
The "Office Baroque" project depicted in this work was carried out at "the headquarters of a shipping company ... the site of a new building; after being obliged to make major changes in the original project, the work was done totally internally, using all five floors and the roof. (...) The result is a series of arabesque slices opening the whole building to an ever-changing promenade of internal views. Photo assemblages piece together views of the roof, facade, top floor, third floor in plan and detail of a "double-arc intersect" looking down through four floors".
Lit.: Pamela M Lee: Object to Be Destroyed: The Work of Gordon Matta-Clark, Cambridge 2000, pp. 10-33.