Photographer Chut Janthachotibutr travelled to Marfa in west Texas, and he brought back images that the town’s spiritual patron would have approved.
Marfa, in the middle of the Texan desert is now known as an important cultural center for contemporary artists. In 1971, Minimalist-art pioneer Donald Judd moved there from New York City. After renting houses for a few years, he bought two large hangars and some smaller buildings and began to permanently install his art. In recent years, a new wave of artists has moved to Marfa to live and work. New gallery spaces have opened as well as many public installation of contemporary arts.
Donald Judd ’15 untitled works in concrete’ 1980-1984, Architectural Digest
Chut said “That night, even after a long day I still could not sleep. So I got into my rental car and drove around. I stumbled across a series of empty gas stations and shops. The night is extremely quiet and dark. It almost like having a black backdrop as a stage set for these buildings. The scenes were very serene but at the same time eerily lonely. I took several shots which I feel they are an honest tribute to Donald Judd and his minimalist spirit.”