A public garden & cultural center

Marina Zurkow

Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology 
Glyndor Gallery | September 15–December 1, 2013

Heraldic Crests for Invasive Species: North American Signal Crayfish, 2011
Letterpress print on Somerset paper
18” x 16”

Marina Zurkow’s work focuses on the relationship of humans to nature. She works across media to create animations, interactive environments, sculptures and drawings that consider humankind an outsider in the natural world. Her recent work reveals how bias has led to the inclusion or exclusion of certain animals from society. These prints are part of a series of twelve heraldic crests, each one paying tribute to a different species considered invasive in Northern England. By using the traditional symbolism of nobility, the artist elevates the status of these rejected creatures. In these crests, the story told by the images is one not of military, but ecological, conquest.

Zurkow has exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY; and The Kitchen, New York, NY. She has previously exhibited at Wave Hill as part of the show Emily Dickinson Rendered (2007). A solo exhibition of her work was on view in 2011 at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ. Her work is in the collection of that museum, as well as at the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and the Creative Capital Emerging Fields Grant. Zurkow received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts.

Heraldic Crests for Invasive Species: Slipper Limpet, 2011
Letterpress print on Somerset paper
18” x 16”

Heraldic Crests for Invasive Species: American Bullfrog, 2011
Letterpress print on Somerset paper
18” x 16”

Heraldic Crests for Invasive Species: Slipper Limpet, 2011
Letterpress print on Somerset paper
18” x 16”

Heraldic Crests for Invasive Species: American Bullfrog, 2011
Letterpress print on Somerset paper
18” x 16”

Photo: Ken Goebel

All works courtesy of bitforms gallery, New York, NY

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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