Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I'm coming for you... March 11th!

Marfa, a small town in West Texas, is home to the Chinati Foundation. Minimalist artist Donald Judd, who disagreed with the idea of art being an object that could be transfered from museum to museum and shown in continually different contexts without losing meaning, founded the Chinati Foundation as a place for permanent large-scale installation works whose surroundings become as much a part of the viewing experience as the works of art themselves. 

Lately I've become obsessed with ideas of perception and the ability (or lack thereof) to eliminate the many distractions of our technologically-oriented lives in order to just see. I don't think we do it nearly enough anymore and if we could I think we'd be surprised to discover just how much our minds and senses are capable of. I think Marfa is the perfect place in that sense, a place far away from distractions that forces us to deal with our surroundings and ourselves.

If these ideas of perception and sensory isolation interest you, I highly recommend reading this book. (Plus Robert Irwin has a temporary work currently on display in Marfa!)

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