On a windswept stretch of Texas desert re-envisioned as a minimalist art mecca, Further sets out on an exploration of borderlands: between art and commerce, city and country, Mexico and red-state USA, somewhere and nowhere.
When the artist Donald Judd first arrived to the high plains of the Chihuahua Desert in the 1970s, he was seeking refuge from the New York City art world. Over the following decades he helped transform Marfa from a ghost town to a unique creative haven where today's artists find space and freedom. In this spirit and in collaboration with Anónimo Colectivo, a contemporary art platform that conceals authorship in order to free works of art from preconceived notions about their economic value, Further brings six Mexico-based artists to Marfa to take over The Basic and create a series of interactive, site-specific works—a kind of “empty frame” concept inspired by the artistic approach of Marfa bellwether Robert Erwin.
From November 14-17, to mark the opening of the exhibition, titled Marfa Project Rooms, a multidisciplinary program of talks, performances, tours, conversations, and gatherings will culminate in the activation of the Stone Circle, a large-scale, Stonehenge-inspired installation by British artist Haroon Mirza made of black, marble-like boulders that produce patterns of electronic sound and light from energy generated by solar panels. The final program will be revealed soon, but highlights include:
Private tours of the Judd Foundation and Chinati Foundation, including the latest installation by legendary Marfa artist Robert Irwin, curated by A Museum Life.
Private tour of “Longilonge,” the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of noted Brazilian artist Solange Pessoa at renowned local gallery Ballroom Marfa.
Anónimo Collectivo presents a series of interactive, site-specific works showcasing six different interpretations of the prime elements of textile, charcoal, wood, light, sound, and color, while responding to the “sacred context” of Marfa.
Panel discussions, featuring prominent figures from the Marfa artistic community, Anónimo, and the exhibited artists.
Activation of the Stone Circle, accompanied with a meditative gathering and live musical improvisation.
There is still a limited number of rooms available at the Thunderbird Hotel, a minimalist 24-room soon-to-be Design Hotels member down a gravel desert road and under a neon sign.