Sunday, 23 June 2013

Marfa, Texas

Marfa, Texas: The Arts Colony Donald Judd Built, In 'No Place Like Here' (VIDEO)

"Every Wednesday night in Marfa, we have craft night," says Rachel Neel, its co-founder, "and it's like our church." The 2,000 citizens of the remote Southwest Texas town have created their own civilization, with its own routines, customs and celebrities. The short documentary below was posted with a longer description on Etsy, and takes us through the quietly thriving arts colony. The town was brought to notability by sculptor Donald Judd in the 1970s and supported by what Neel believes is the local appreciation for isolation and personal projects. The documentary, by Marfa filmmaker Karen Bernstein, introduces us to some of its characters, including Adam Bork, who lives in a geodesic dome, collects vintage TV sets and composed the soundtrack of the video itself.