Marfa Dialogues


Barbara Kasten, Rachel Khedoori, Esther Kläs, Liz Larner, Erlea Maneros-Zabala, Linda Matalon, Julie Mehretu, Charline von Heyl, Rosy Keyser, Laleh Khorramian, Heather Rowe, Erin Shirreff

1 October 2010–20 February 2011

Ballroom Marfa is pleased to announce the opening of Immaterial, an exhibition that will focus on the physical and psychic tensions between form, color, and space across varied visual and structural mediums. Curated by Executive Director Fairfax Dorn, the exhibition seeks to examine the metaphysical aspects of artistic production through a selection of artworks that challenge the use of material and space, formalism and abstraction. By using the exhibition as a forum to consider process-driven practices, Immaterial will consider art’s potential to transcend conscious states through a plurality of visual languages. The exhibition will feature work by Barbara Kasten, Rachel Khedoori, Esther Kläs, Liz Larner, Erlea Maneros-Zabala, Linda Matalon, Julie Mehretu, and Charline von Heyl, including new commissions by Rosy Keyser, Laleh Khorramian, Heather Rowe, and Erin Shirreff.

The thematic thread of Immaterial traces the relationship between the processes of abstraction, formalism, and minimalism. Furthermore, Immaterial will investigate an artist’s use of material, color, and form to produce an image or object which can create both physical and psychological spaces. The works selected for Immaterial will call into question a variety of issues: the complex relationships between color and form; the artist’s confrontation of the medium and its materiality; the artist’s interpretation of time, space, and perception; the intuitive process; and the act of making material immaterial.

    Listen to Marfa Public Radio’s Talk at Ten interview with Immaterial curator and Ballroom Marfa executive director, Fairfax Dorn.

    Linda Matalon’s Untitled (diptych), featured in Immaterial, was chosen as one of Victoria Noorthoorn’s Best of 2010 in Artforum.

    Esther Kläs’s Llena from Immaterial is highlighted in the November 2011 edition of Artinfo.

    Review of Immaterial on

    Immaterial has been made possible through the support of the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Cowles Charitable Trust, with generous contributions by Suzanne Deal Booth, Tim Crowley, Peter and Hilary Hatch, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, Hauser & Wirth, New York, Molly Kemp, Sabrina Franzheim, and Ballroom Marfa members.

    In-kind support provided by: Pablo Alvarado; Diane Barnes and Jon Otis / Windmill Retreat, Marfa, TX; The Capri, Marfa, TX; Hotel Paisano, Marfa, TX; Virginia Lebermann & John Wotowicz; and Tito’s Vodka, Austin, TX.

    Special thanks to ANR Transport, Lalo Baeza, Adam Bork, Joe Cashiola, Christian Celis, Vicente Celis, Sally Coleman, Fred Covarrubias, Rob Crowley, Anna Davidson, Doublenaut, Joe Duncan, Hilary duPont, Cuca Flores, Jeff Fort & Marion Barthelme, Jay Hall, Chris Hillen, Ramon Jacquez, Vance Knowles, Juan Lara, Susannah Lipsey, Jose Martinez and RC-Concepts, Callie Meeks, Alexander Mills, Luis Nieto Dickens, W.N. Parrott, Ephraim Puusemp, Chrissie Saenz, Gory Smelley, Tacos del Norte, Aurora Tang, and the Thunderbird Hotel.

    Food by Rocky Barnette.