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Object Activation Exercise, Terlingua JunkDump, Terlingua, TX, 2014. Photo by Christopher Whiteburch.
During his Chinati residency, Coolquitt spent time in Terlinqua, TX, about an hour and a half south of Marfa. “It’s an old ghost town, a mercury mining town. It’s been like a burn-out place forever. It’s really a lawless zone, a border town right on Rio Grande, a bunch of total sun-baked, desert-rat hippies living in vans.” Just imagine the junk piles.