Marina Zurkow: Mesocosm (Wink, TX)

Hilliard University Art Museum ,  710 E Saint Mary Blvd. Lafayette, LA 70503

(337) 482-6060

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Dates: August 15, 2018

Price: $5 | Adults$4 | Seniors $3 | Children

Marina Zurkow’s 2012 generative animation marks the first solo exhibition in Louisiana of this award-winning new media artist. It comes to Lafayette from Russia where it was recently featured in the 2017 Moscow Biennial exhibition. The animation is the first algorithmically-driven piece exhibited at the museum and runs live using Flash animation software. During the process of Zurkow’s exploratory field work for an artist residency, she located “Wink Sink 2” on private oil company property in the small town of Wink. The site of this catastrophe appears in “Mesocosm” as a natural geological event; it is completed, provocatively, with picnic rest stop furnishings. In the animation’s foreground, a large sinkhole boils, gushes and flows. In a ghostly choreography, this vortex whirls and expels objects including plastic bags, oil and dark clouds. In the background, oil refineries burn off gases in plumes, as an occasional train cuts the horizon. Like actors called to a stage, the animals, weather and objects that constitute this “mesocosm” are triggered statistically in a cycle of 146 hours, with each minute representing one hour of clock time in a calendar.