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The Basement Series

9 Apr 2011

We’ve started a new and exciting initiative with our interns, The Basement Series, where they can have a show in the basement of the Masonic Lodge, a beautiful building owned by Jeff Fort here in Marfa. We’ve now had two interns take advantage of the space, Luis Nieto Dickens and our current intern, Elizabeth Fisher. Here are a few photos from Luis’s show, Au, with his artist statement:

The ratio of dirt that has to be dug to obtain gold: 1 gram for each 1.0581 tons.
The space is filled with 5.2905 tons of dirt for the 5 gram gold nugget.
Dirt is brought in by using two small buckets, making the piece labor intensive.
Dirt will be removed using the same process.
The gold nugget is a loan from jeweler Daniel Szwaczkowski.

Thanks to Ballroom Marfa, Jeff Fort & Marion Barthelme, David Walker, Dennis Dickinson, Daniel Szwaczkowski, Rob Crowley, and Aurora Tang.

Gold from Daniel Szwaczkowski, from El Paso, TX (loan). Photo by Aurora Tang.

Gold from Daniel Szwaczkowski, from El Paso, TX (loan). Photo by Aurora Tang.

Dirt from David Walker in Marfa, TX. Photo by Aurora Tang.

Dirt from David Walker in Marfa, TX. Photo by Aurora Tang.

Installation process (dirt was poured on back of building). Photo by Aurora Tang.

Installation process (dirt was poured on back of building). Photo by Aurora Tang.

Installation process. Photo by Aurora Tang.

Installation process. Photo by Aurora Tang.

Installation shot (gold nugget on right). Photo by Aurora Tang.

Installation shot (gold nugget on right). Photo by Aurora Tang.

Installation shot (gold nugget detail). Photo by Aurora Tang.

Installation shot (gold nugget detail). Photo by Aurora Tang.