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Andy Coolquitt, Multi-Marfa Room (detail), 2014, The Locker Plant, Marfa, TX. Photo by Andy Coolquitt.
“I collected all this stuff in about a month and a half, within 60 miles of Marfa. I would meet people and we’d just start talking. Turns out, it’s really easy to strike up a conversation when you’re talking about junk. People love to talk about junk. This lady invited us for Easter. ‘Come over and look through my junk pile.’ Like, really? Okay. The town itself is about 2000 people and everybody is a collector. Everybody has a pile of junk in the backyard.”