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Friday, March 9th, 6 – 8 PM @ Marfa Book Company

Exhibition: Marfa artist and photographer Daniel Chamberlin will be presenting new works in his “Ecstatic Camouflage” series for a brief, three day show that coincides with Tonalism, an all night ambient film and music event presented by dublab and El Cosmico.  (Tonalism features a new, temporary installation by Adam Bork, live projections by CINEMARFA, and music by Sun Araw and J D Emmanuel, and more.)

The Marfa Book Company will host an exhibition of new works by Marfa-based artist Daniel Chamberlin entitled “Ecstatic Camouflage” this weekend, March 9 – 11, with an opening for the artist on Friday, March 9th from 6 – 8 pm.

According to the artist, “Ecstatic Camouflage is an explicitly psychedelic post-landscape photography.”  In deed, these photographs make a break with tradition and do not call to mind the work of Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Robert Glenn Ketchum, or Richard Misrach, though, ostensibly, they share the same subject.  The break may at first seem technical, a consequence of new technologies for manipulating images, but on further study, it becomes evident that it’s something else.  For Chamberlin, that word is psychedelic or shamanistic.

“It is a post-landscape photography that explodes anthropocentric notions of perspective by way of repetition and rotation, an organic visual drone.  It is an attempt at revealing my communion with the so-called “plant mind” of shamanistic lore.”

Several of the photographs in “Ecstatic Camouflage” were taken locally, in the Chisos Basin, and the Davis Mountains.  Viewers may not immediately recognize these places however, and not just because the artist avoids iconic, monumental treatments for his subjects. In fact, the photographs resemble mandalas or yantras rather than icons or monuments.  Curiously, his technique, involving minimal post-camera manipulation, does not hide the changes he makes, but demonstrates them openly. In the kaleidoscopic image that results from his repetitions and rotations, horizon lines vanish; trees and flowers, divide or merge; water appears throughout the surface; and the sky turns inward.

For his exhibition at the Marfa Book Company, Chamberlin chose ten pieces from an archive of hundreds of raw photographs taken in the Southwestern and South Central United States.  The pieces selected are ink jet prints on canvas and range in size from three by four, to four by five feet in dimension.

Daniel Chamberlin was born in Indiana, and lived for twelve years in Los Angeles before moving to Marfa.  He was a contributing editor to Arthur Magazine. He is a nationally registered EMT and currently works for Marfa EMS.

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15 Apple Magicians
by Seven Feathers Rainwater

released 08 January 2011
Artwork by Daniel Chamberlin. Written, recorded, and mixed by Seven
Feathers Rainwater. Mastered by Michael Biggs. Contributing Musicians:
Stag Hare, Andy Cvar, & Parker Yates.

Seven Feathers Rainwater: Seth Pulver, Nate Simonsen, Taylor Christensen.

Digital: http://sevenfeathersrainwater.bandcamp.com/album/15-apple-magicians
Vinyl: http://site.moondialrecords.com/

Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries immigrants new to the Los Angeles Basin colonized the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountain Range with cabins, lodges and tourist camps. Floods in the 1930s washed most of these structures away, but stone staircases, river-rock walls and exploded gardens of Agave americana gone 80 years feral remain.

The Arroyo Seco runs through these ruins for most of the year: Perhaps the most idyllic effect of that era of human habitation is the modest waterfall formed by the 50-foot tall debris dam found at the end of a faded trail that runs north from the Paul Little Picnic Area.

Though it tapers off as it flows down toward Pasadena and the grounds of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the creek cuts a riparian canyon lush with mosses, oaks and sycamores through these hills  — hills that are just the beginning of the vast wilderness of the Angeles National Forest — north of the Gould Mesa campground.

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