The Caballo Mountains to the south of Truth or Consequences display a truly astounding cross section of earth’s time; rock layers begin in the Precambrian and continue through to the present. Geological time travel: dinosaurs and coral reefs, fern forests and redwood trees, mammoth hunters and atomic bomb builders. It’s really no wonder that time does not exist in this town – we are but momentary guests in this desert oasis. Experimenters in living: trailers and gardens. Craft essential. Fermentation and broken homes walking again. Expressions of radical identity, intentional or not. Randomness. The inkling we too should live the path of endless migration like the Sandhill Cranes. Beer, finally! Floater houses. Hotel beds and daydreams of refurbished adobe. Eclipses and the rainbow season. (Oh! the rainbow season). Mad Max motor bikes with chopper handle bars and chainsaw motors. Algorithms and targeted digital advertising. Lamp- making, now there is an idea: Fiat Lux! Friendships and tribulations
yield stronger bonds and family: river float, potluck, hot springs, bbq and booze (perfect summer day). The blinding white light of 116 degrees Fahrenheit: June & July. Rattlesnakes and mosquitoes. Oryx, elk, mountain lion, deer, turkeys, mountain goats, coyotes and javelinas. Tarantulas. Scrawls on a rock and spray paint on a wall: lore and myth making. Blossoming community, ethos, identity. New voices echoing up and down the Rio Grande rift; mountains rise, valleys sink. We articulate stories and birth future artifacts with our bare hands. No longer murdering mammoths with Clovis points but still in awe of nature. We etch our story upon this intergalactic oasis; time traveling the eons among fossils vibrating ever so slightly in dance as they know our gaze is upon the piercing crystalline stars visible here in still primal deserted darkness. We are temporarily tethered nomads enshrining mythologies upon the grand arc of time and place which is this bend in the river, conveniently heated by sleepy super volcanoes.
Desert Archaic is open 10am-5pm every Fri, Sat, & Sun
Truth or Consequences, NM
Desert Archaic is a time and place. An ephemera of ideas and boundless inspiration. It’s a school and refuge from the world. A true home of art and expression. Desert Archaic is a being.