Exhibitions | Salt Lake Area Exhibitions

Gordon Matta-Clark: Splitting, 1974 at UMOCA

Salt Lake City
Jan. 20 – Jul. 15

In Matta-Clark’s Splitting, the artist carefully slices, nearly in half, a suburban home, in Englewood, New Jersey. Part sculpture, part-video, part-architecture, the ambitious project is typical of Matta-Clark’s body of work that uses abandoned buildings as sites for intervention, offering a critique of urban renewal, creating sculptures and altered buildings as symbols of, what art historian Tom Folland calls, “a city on the verge of collapse.”

Splitting is beautiful in its ruin-ness, in its destruction. Like a picturesque landscape painting dotted with ruins of a past civilization, the work weepingly echoes a hauntingly broken nostalgia.

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
20 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City UT 84101

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