c marquez: 998
March 19, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Born in LA, but now living in the more spare landscape of El Prado, New Mexico, just north of Taos, c marquez has spent the past several years making art from the plants that roll up to the door of the studio.
You might call them tumbleweeds, but don’t call them that in conversation with the artist. The artist has a deep connection to the plants, and would never denigrate them as “weeds.” For the past three years, marquez has used only this plant to make their artworks.
Sisymbrium Altissimum (tall tumble mustard) is bold and unafraid to travel across meadows or down highways, rolling across the landscape in the wind. The artist sees many attributes in the plant that have value: strength and perseverance combined with ephemerality and delicate beauty.
The artist will construct a new site-specific installation for the show at Axle Contemporary. 998 uses the branches of Sisymbrium Altissimum to construct seventeen separate lines that span the width of the gallery space. There will be 998 points of connection that hold the lines together and to the walls. No glue, wire, or hardware will be used to connect the plant material, only parts of the plants themselves.
The organic interplay of the lines and connections mirror pathways and communication in human relationships, calendars, and cellular structures. Connections and intersections create relationships that hold the entire sculpture in place in the gallery.
The installation will be viewed through the large glass in the rear of the gallery. The viewer will see a web-like environment, of natural materials, tangled but organized.
Exhibition continues through April 18, 2021.