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A revitalization at the squat gallery (aka the South Plateau Adobe Ruin) including works in concrete and bone by Tyler Spurgin, and an installation of my lichen canvases. Contact either one of us to schedule a visit. The gallery is hosted in an abandoned building at the south end of Plateau street in Marfa. If you visit independently, please use an inside voice, don’t bother the wasps, and enter at your own risk.

More photos at danielchamberlin.com.

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Wildflower Sigils and Mantras: Casa Piedra Road
Daniel Chamberlin
Marfa Book Company

The images in this series were collected on a daylong drive south from Marfa, Texas on Casa Piedra Road in the spring of 2015. The season was known for a historic wildflower bloom that followed an unusually wet winter. The photos are digitally cut, pasted and collaged into sigils and mantras with the intention of warding off depression and fostering communion with the plant mind. Images are printed by Color Wheel Digital with archival inks on Hahnemuhle Bamboo paper. Prints are in unlimited addition, available at $100 and $150. 

Phone: 432-729-3906
Email: marfabookcompany@gmail.com

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swale-blossom-1Chihuahuan Desert Cactus Bloom Tower 1. Texas, 2014
Inkjet print on canvas with wallpaper
85″ x 38″ canvas installed on 8′ x 10′ wall

 Swale + Blossom is on view now at Mary Etherington, 124 E. El Paso in Marfa, Texas

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Swale 1. Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas, 2014
Inkjet print on canvas
38″ x 50″

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Swale 2. Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas, 2014
Inkjet print on canvas
38″ x 50″

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Swale 3. Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas, 2014
Inkjet print on canvas
38″ x 50″

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New work from Tyler Spurgin installed at the South Plateau Adobe Ruin on 7 March 2014. Ecstatic Camouflage 2014 still on view. Spurgin is the lead singer of Big Bend sludge metal band LBS.

Contact Chambo or Spurgin to find out more.

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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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