|Godbold, Marfa, Texas|
Oil-on-board, 8 x 10
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From Surreal Bounce (Earthshine Editions), 2009:
We cruise Marfa's residential streets, built on a grid.
The natives are big on trailers and mobile homes, especially shiny vintage Airstreams. And Godbold Mill... a damn sight more interesting than Donald Judd's crates or boxes or cubes or whatever the hell they're supposed to be. Also, Godbold has function: It processes something useful to people.
Old Godbold represents the difference between natives and New Marfans.
The natives are naturally minimalist; the new crowd contrives minimalism, desperate to install themselves; install being the hip new keyword.
Design an art installation, around which to de-install themselves from New York and install themselves (at least for posturing purposes) in a small west Texas town.
Who cares? The locals don't. They're just grateful to unload decrepit houses for a hundred grand; houses they used to board up and abandon.
Van Stein has a thing about making ugly structures look beautiful.
"I'm gonna paint that," he says.
And he does.