Marval A Rex is a self-proclaimed mutant, artist and Jedi apprentice to the Master we call Life. Although he primarily identifies as a ceramicist, Marval is open to any and all mediums in expressing his indomitable spirit. His most recent artistic forays include video art and the photographic memoir of his gender adventure. For the sanctity of his mental and emotional health, Marval lives Life as Art, where every moment is full of intentional wonder and hidden masterpiece. Alongside his surrender to his inner muse (boy is she sassy), Marval holds a deep sense of spirituality, moving beyond any existential angst to find magic in all things. His daily meditative practice includes throwing a hexagram for the I Ching or Book of Changes, consulting astrological transits, and imbibing the wisdom of Gene Keys and Human Design.
Semiopolotical Codes for Male and Female
My current body of work involves genitalia and the “codes” prescribed to such organs over time. Utilizing ceramic sculpture and digital glitchart in the form of installation, I expose a collective understanding of genitalia as it existed in times long past, and in the postmodern present: what I like to call the technopornographic era.
The ceramic sculptures are handmade fertility vessels (raw clay) that take the form of reimagined genitalia— that of the intersex and/or transgender body. Their lusciousness is open and vulnerable, they exist in utter fragility.
The glitchart prints, a new form of digital art, depict internet-based pornographic scenes that have been analyzed, obscured and destroyed through the heavy editing process characteristic of glitchart. Their electronic aesthetic are purposeful and speak to the overwhelming and highly digitized desires of the modern day. They exist in an untouchable and thus impenetrable realm, fading in and out between the crackling of hi-tech equipment.
By melding two seemingly separate bodies of work into the same space, I force the viewer to consider the emotional and conceptual qualities associated with genitalia as they appear ancient and sacred ( in the ceramic vessels) and as they occur through the technopornographic lens (as the glitchart prints). What is our relationship to our genitalia today? Do we honor them or simply use and consume them? Do we presence the seat of our desires as ancient civilizations once did? Do sexual desires—and thus our genitalia—exist now somehow beyond the physical…in a realm of electronic binary code?
Perhaps a question for the future: how will technology further change the biology of humanity?