‘Further Marfa: Borderlands’ opens experimental art exhibition this weekend

MARFA – Further and Anónimo Colectivo are debuting a collaborative art exhibition of Mexico-based artists in Marfa for a site-specific exhibit in The Basic, a new hotel space on the corner of Highway 90 and Dean Street from Friday to Sunday, November 15-17.

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 is bringing six Mexico-based artists to Marfa to create a series of interactive, site-specific works in the transitional hotel space of The Basic.

Further is a “traveling laboratory for experiential hospitality” launched in 2017 by Design Hotels. The group transforms hotels across the globe into hubs of thematic exploration, “bringing diverse creative communities into deep dialogue with the history, culture, and natural environment of a destination,” their materials read.

Further describes the Marfa event as “an exploration of borderlands: between art and commerce, city and country, Mexico and red state U.S.A., somewhere and nowhere.”

A map and schedule are available on page 5, and the weekend events will include live readings and panel discussions from Marfa creatives like Nick Terry, Eileen Myles and Susan Kirr.

A multidisciplinary program of talks, performances, tours, conversations and gatherings will mark the opening of the weekend’s collaborative exhibition, titled “Marfa Project Rooms.”

Six Mexican and Mexico-based artists will transform the transitional space of The Basic into a series of interventions that respond to the “sacred context” of Marfa and showcase six different interpretations of prime elements and prime matter: textile, charcoal, wood, light, sound and color. In accordance with the principles of Anónimo, the artists’ identities will not be revealed until the exhibition opening.

A portion of the proceeds from the artworks sold at The Basic will go to the Marfa Education Fund and Las Americas Foundation, two important local nonprofits that assist marginalized communities locally and across the border with Mexico, as well as to The Presidio International, the bilingual paper of Presidio, Texas.

Part creative residency, part cultural exchange and immersive hospitality experiment, Further brings together artists, writers, scientists, artisans, farmers, designers and other place-makers for site-specific gatherings in support of research, conversation, and creative exchange.