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Marfa Yucca #180

About Marfa Yucca

Yuccas and Boxes

One of the things I took away from my summer trip to Marfa was the need to spend more time absorbing my surroundings and thinking back on my experiences. Witnessing the vast fields of yuccas flowering simultaneously and watching the sunrise over Judd's 100 untitled works in mill aluminum are two specific moments that will never leave my memory. Combining these two sensations resulted in generative arrangements of yuccas and boxes.

Edge of the desert

The city of Marfa is on the northeast side of the Chihuahuan desert. The weather is dry and hot in the summer. Plants that grow naturally in the region, like the yucca, have adapted well to the harsh conditions.

Soaptrees

In the Americas, there are a lot of different types of yucca. The type of yucca that grows in and around Marfa is called yucca elata, which is also known as the soaptree yucca. These yuccas grow very slowly, only about an inch per year. Yucca elata doesn't always bloom, but when it does, the flowers come out between May and June.

Sunrise at Chinati

The Chinati Foundation is a museum in Marfa based on Donald Judd's ideas. The focus is on works that have a strong connection to the land around them. Sometimes a special event called "Sunrise at Chinati" is held at the museum so that people can see the many works in the golden light of the morning sun.

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Daniel Calderon Arenas

I'm a Houston-based visual artist and educator. I create art with code by developing algorithms, which are basically sets of rules. My work delves into a variety of subjects, ranging from language and meaning to the natural world. As a visual artist, I am fascinated by the element of chance and randomness enabled by computer processes since it allows me to widen my creative vision. Making generative art forces me to consider the world in novel ways, such as viewing a tree's branching system or the form of a rock through the lens of an algorithmic method. My art is frequently animated and interactive, and it is designed for digital display.

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Released Nov 22, 2022, 7:00 PM UTC

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