1 MARZO 2014
Ecstatic Camouflage 2014
Recent Transmissions from the Plant Mind + Popular Favorites
Three hour installation in the adobe ruin at the dead end of South Plateau
Incoming work from our new printmaker, Color Wheel Digital Printing of Baltimore, MD.
DECEMBER 22, 2020 UPDATE: I've uploaded this classic Inter-Dimensional Music mixtape from 2013 to the ID Music archive at mixcloud.com/cosmicchambo.
Original post from November 26, 2013:
Backcountry Chillout Vol. 1 is a new mixtape from Inter-Dimensional Music and Arthur Magazine featuring classic, new and previously unreleased music from Matthewdavid, Sean McCann, Ashan, $3.33, Thoughts On Air, Stag Hare and Sun Araw.
There’s a good reason that Inter-Dimensional Music is the number one New Age radio broadcast in the Big Bend region of Far West Texas: Since we first started transmitting on Marfa Public Radio in the spring of 2010, each song we’ve played has been selected with the goal of offering all the souls passing through the Chihuahuan Desert a soundtrack worthy of our luminescent high country vistas.
So whether you’re waiting in line at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol checkpoint; watching the lights of Boquillas from the South Rim of the Chisos; channeling the spirit of curandera Jewel Babb deep in the Quitman Mountains; decoding starlight vibrations at the McDonald Observatory; vibing on the sky island rhythms of the Davis Mountains Preserve; documenting rock art sites off Casa Piedra Road; or if you’re just another lonely backpacker waiting for your man down by the Rio Grande, we’re here to score your time under the radiant heavens of the Trans-Pecos with a soundtrack of expansive ambience and transcendent psychedelic drone.
Thus, in collaboration with our old friends at Arthur Magazine, ID Music presents this first edition of Backcountry Chillout, a collection of contemporary New Age music hand-picked for arid wilderness viewing stations. So light that special incense you’ve been saving, reposition your moonlight gemstones however the plant mind directs you, point the speakers toward the screen door and adjourn to the porch. Leave us on repeat until everything’s back to tranquilo again.
Inter-Dimensional Music is North America's Gnarliest Mix of Heavy Mellow, Kosmische Slop, and Void Contemplation Tactics. Turn on at 99.1FM WQRT Indianapolis, Marfa Public Radio on the West Coast of Texas, and LOOKOUT FM Los Angeles. Eventually archived at mixcloud.com/CosmicChambo.
Hosted by Daniel Chamberlin: artist, writer, mindfulness guide, and yoga teacher. #CosmicChambo online everywhere.
Vaya con Gaia,
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Images from the October 11, 2014 Contra Text group exhibition at the Corder Hardware & Lumber gallery in Marfa, TX.
Opuntia 2. Cattail Falls, BBNP. Far West Texas
55″ x 38″ inkjet print on canvas
Opuntia 1. Mule Ears, BBNP. Far West Texas
42″ x 38″ inkjet print on canvas
Opuntia 7. Chisos Mountains, BBNP. Far West Texas
38″ x 51″ inkjet print on canvas
Opuntia 6. Chisos Mountains, BBNP. Far West Texas
76″ x 38″ inkjet print on canvas
From Old Growth in the East:
Within a preserve that in mid-2000 totaled 3055 acres, 2239 acres of little disturbed forest, encompassing an entire side of Pine Mountain. Communities include hemlock-mixed mesophytic, oak-pine, Appalachian oak (White Oak and Chestnut Oak most common but other species contributing), mountain bogs, cliffs, rock overhangs, and mountain streams. Pitch Pine dominates some areas; Shortleaf Pine and Virginia Pine are also present. The occurrence of pines is coincident with the driest forest at the summit. American Chestnut was once an important component but it all died in the 1930s and 1940s from blight. Traces of an old homestead can be seen at the mountain’s base, one part of the forest apparently underwent limited logging, cattle may have grazed a section, and someone tried to cut an off-road vehicle trail in a corner of the tract; but these activities did little noticeable damage.
Ecstatic Camouflage found its physical manifestation through the gracious assistance of Dustin Pevey, Ross Cashiola, Alexsandra Annello, Jeff Elrod; and Caitlin Murray and Tim Johnson of the Marfa Book Company. I was on duty with Marfa EMS while conducting the installation: Marfa is a small town and the EMS station is just around the corner from the gallery, though that didn’t keep me from anxiously double-checking my radio every five minutes or so. Thanks also to Ballroom Marfa and the Big Bend Sentinel for their support. All photos by Alberto Thomas Halpern.
Friday, March 9th, 6 – 8 PM @ Marfa Book Company
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.
Marfa artist, writer and EMS Emergency Medical Technician, Dan Chamberlin, stands next to one of his art pieces at the bottom. (photo: Alberto Tomas Halpern)
More images from our trip to the Terribly Beautiful group show in Terlingua, Texas at Beto’s wonderful (and long overdue) new photoblog: albertohalpern.tumblr.com.