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The Jaunt

Jean Jullien - Marfa, Texas


Silkscreen print, edition of 50, signed and numbered by artist, unframed

Destination: Marfa, Texas, USA

Date: 12 - 17 January, 2017 

Jaunt #030

approx. 27.5"h x 19.75"w

“A friend told me about Marfa just before my trip. She was ecstatic about it. That definitely spiked my curiosity, and my further research certainly revealed it as a ‘one of a kind’ place. I expected a resourceful place, full of surprises, and my expectations were positively exceeded. There is a real sense of community that was very nice to be around and experience. I also really liked the scale of Marfa. It is quite small, surrounded by an incredibly vast landscape and seems to be a crossroads between other interesting locations around. 

The sensation of travelling quite far to a remote location, which has a lot to offer, felt a bit like a treasure hunt. The dynamic in Marfa is very interesting, it's a great mix of people, and the architecture is fantastic. The town also seemed to have its own sort of mythology, from the Marfa Lights, to Donald Judd, to the movie Giant, etc. I spent a lot of time drawing the old school cars, the houses and the desert landscape. For a French person from Brittany, it felt like I was a long way from home! For my print I made a series of line drawings inspired by the chairs collected by Donald Judd. I drew lots of them from all angles but loved how they could be reduced to odd lines from the side.” 

-Jean Jullien