February 15, 2013

Marfa, TX

Mystical Wasteland


One of my all-time favorite places to visit is Marfa, the surreal art-wasteland in West Texas.

Donald Judd’s “100 untitled works in mill aluminum” from 1982-6 are 100 unique variations of a cube installed in former artillery sheds used in WWII. Glass windows run the length of the buildings, so the inner and outer spaces connect not only as you walk through the installation, but also in the reflections on the aluminum.

The town of Marfa is a tiny thing. Oddly enough, the architecture of the homes echoes Donald Judd’s boxes–simple, square, minimally decorated concrete structures. “The Food Shark” is the perfect place to eat between each segment of the Chinati Foundation tour.

Finally, a photo taken outside of the meticulously crafted “School No. 6” by Ilya Kabokov. Time and culture warp into the ruins of an abandoned Soviet schoolhouse. The dust has even been placed for your enjoyment. No touching. Below, red fibers outside of the schoolhouse.


As for the Marfa lights. I saw them, whatever they are.