gutterspaces – tracing abandoned structures

via urban cartograhy comes the link for the upcoming show (at Queens Museum) relating to Gordon Matta Clark’s Reality Properties: Fake Estates. This telling work not only speaks about abandoned sliced pieces of city spacings (and policies), but congruently commemorates exemplary his artistic practice and the conciousness of his works eventually due to the fact of hardly ever beeing displayed:

One of the great strengths of the piece, as with many aspects of the artist’s practice, is the way it has managed to remain operational- inviting speculation, involvement, and even renewal-so many years after its original conception. Until recently, all that has remained of Reality Properties is the series of photo-documentations that the artist’s widow, Jane Crawford, …
excerpt from a book review by A.Zevi

Reality Properties: Fake Estates, Little Alley Block 2497, Lot 42, 1974 (posthumous assembly,
at the guggenheim

Gordon Matta-Clark’s Reality Properties: Fake Estates can be traced on this interactive map (via cabinet) ..

“When I bought these parcels at the New York City auction, the description of them that always excited me the most was ‘inaccessible.’ What I basically wanted to do was designate spaces that wouldn’t be seen and certainly not occupied. Buying them was my own take on the strangeness of existing property demarcation lines.

Property is so all pervasive. Everyone’s notion of ownership is determined by the use factor.”
quote from Tom Vanderbilt’s article in NYT in 2003 (or here)

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