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Posted on February 26, 2016

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Don’t go to Marfa. It’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s on the way to no place. And I’d like to pretend I’m the only person who knows about it. But should you find yourself in West Texas, USA, with some time to immerse yourself, you’ll find a gem in the desert. Check out the art scene that started with Donald Judd, continues through Judd Foundation and Chinati, and now includes nearly 20 galleries clustered near the downtown area. RULE Gallery and inde/jacobs were favorites during my visit. If you look hard enough, Marfa will reveal herself. Enjoy sunrise and sunset, and explore the downtown area in between. Step back in time in the Hotel Paisano lobby (even if you’re staying elsewhere in a trailer or…

Conduits

Posted on February 19, 2016

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During the 1970s, the average person doubled the amount of soda they drank; by the 1980s consumption had overtaken tap water. Coca-Cola bottlers in this era were essentially printing money, and the décor of the locally-owned bottling plants often showed it. A private elevator here, shag carpeting there, custom wood panels, windows fabricated like bottle caps, extra facilities for the owner, etc. I visited one of the relics on a project in the 2000s. Although the functioning part of the plant had been neatly renovated and modernized, a portion was cordoned off…like a walk-in time capsule collecting dust. I noticed a maintenance team reassembling a massive air conditioning unit for the facility. They had been at it two days, tracing a foul-smelling suspected carcass in the…