A Brooks Art are pleased to announce their second residency project in Marfa West Texas in September/October 2017 hosting British artist Christine Finn to coincide with Chinati Weekend/Made in Marfa
Trace: Marfa is a work that explores the residual by investigating what visitors leave behind in Marfa West Texas. The artist, who has travelled to all fifty American states, lived and installed work on both coasts, will situate Marfa in the context of the natural and built landscape in the Chihuahuan desert. The artist, also an archaeologist and journalist, will engage all three practices to inform the making of the work. In part it develops an earlier inquiry, at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, in 1994, when she gathered evidence of contemporary ritual practice carried out by visitors to the National Park.
Finn is a former Fellow and Visiting Fellow at the Reuter Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford, where she began new works centered on the pre-digital newsroom, coining the name “Lead to Air” to describe the trajectory of news technology. Launched at the arts, letters & numbers residency in Upstate New York, this new artwork/performance inspired by old newsroom technology, and collaborative process, in sound, word, and action. For this multi-layered durational work Finn sat at a desk in an empty barn typing for six hours on a vintage Royal typewriter, onto a roll of continuous paper, while listening on headphones to the audio of another six-hour durational work, “A Lot of Sorrow”, by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, and Brooklyn-based Ohio band, The National. The music alone was heard in a neighbouring building. “Lead to Air” was a tribute to the work of collaborative technology and the creative process. The performance coincided with the first Sunday of the new president and administration of the USA.