FROM MYLAR TO RICE PAPER

Ira Cohen, long involved in the downtown New York avant-garde and underground art scene, was known during the 1960s for the photographs he made inside a Mylar-papered room, the Mylar Chamber, of Jimi Hendrix, William S. Burroughs, Angus MacLise, and others. In 1970 he and his companion Petra Vogt moved to Kathmandu, Nepal, where in a short period of time he and MacLise (who had also moved there) started up the Bardo Matrix Press.

Cohen gives the basics of the story in the piece he wrote for New Observations in 1995, “The Great Rice Paper Adventure.”