9271977 makes contact with Sentinel reporter
By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
MARFA – “[…] so far the reporting has been very skewed and misinformed,” Guerilla artist 9271977 told The Big Bend Sentinel via text message Tuesday morning. “And it’s a bit unfortunate the locals took it down so quickly. I hope the installation wasn’t destroyed. If so, such is life… It kinda proves the message.”
The series of texts came after three silver fire extinguishers covered in blue paint and adorned with photos of Moe, Larry, and Curley of the Three Stooges were placed in front of Eugene Binder’s studio on Highland Avenue. The objects were accompanied by a statement written in chalk on the sidewalk that bared the words “CULTURAL GATEKEEPERS.”
Though the artist remained coy during the text exchange on his involvement in the defacing/appropriation of the Prada Marfa installation east of Valentine on Sunday, statements made by the artist, whose phone number reaches a voicemail with an outgoing message only stating the numbers the artist associates with, point toward the work being his.
“Nothing wrong with all of it,” he wrote. “Can’t wait for a proposal or call for art by the ‘art world.’”
The work, 9271977 said, was misinterpreted by all.
“I wish that it was analyzed and investigated as an installation it was. Everything was hand selected, painted, built, researched. The quotes were powerful. The questioning of TOMS and the state of America was powerful.”
Further questions have thus far been left unanswered, with his final text reading, “Watch the website [www.9271977.com] for more. Peace.”
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