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Marina Zurkow

The Thirsty Bird, 2012

Animation, black and white, silent, video player
Edition 1/5 + 2AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
$20,000 - 30,000
Location
New York , Los Angeles , San Francisco
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The movement of a pump jack (known colloquially as a “thirsty bird”), and a public water fountain …

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The movement of a pump jack (known colloquially as a “thirsty bird”), and a public water fountain are synchronized in a delicate dance. As the pump pulls oil upward, the water fountain spurts water. An array of archetypal individuals—cowboys and Indians, a father and his son, a county sheriff, a cow, a soldier, a girl …

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Video/Film/Animation
Marina Zurkow
American, b. 1962
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New media artist Marina Zurkow creates research-based animated films that explore the subject of human relations with animals, plants, weather, and the media cultures that develop around these themes. “My work is about the networked stories we tell ourselves about our place in the larger world, the interwoven and often conflicted threads of this, and how these are represented in mediated form,” Zurkow says. In response to online viewing behaviors—particularly the short attention spans of online audiences—Zurkow makes layered psychological narratives that have neither continuous thread, nor beginning or end. Zurkow creates many of the images used in her films by hand, as in Mesocosm (Northumberland UK) (2011), a 146-hour film about a yearlong cycle of life in the moors of northern England, involving weather phenomena and a cast of 150 characters—an investigation of the nature of human relationships with changing landscapes.

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About the work
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New York , Los Angeles , +1 more
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The movement of a pump jack (known colloquially as a “thirsty bird”), and a public water fountain …

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The movement of a pump jack (known colloquially as a “thirsty bird”), and a public water fountain are synchronized in a delicate dance. As the pump pulls oil upward, the water fountain spurts water. An array of archetypal individuals—cowboys and Indians, a father and his son, a county sheriff, a cow, a soldier, a girl …

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Medium
Video/Film/Animation
Marina Zurkow
American, b. 1962
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New media artist Marina Zurkow creates research-based animated films that explore the subject of human relations with animals, plants, weather, and the media cultures that develop around these themes. “My work is about the networked stories we tell ourselves about our place in the larger world, the interwoven and often conflicted threads of this, and how these are represented in mediated form,” Zurkow says. In response to online viewing behaviors—particularly the short attention spans of online audiences—Zurkow makes layered psychological narratives that have neither continuous thread, nor beginning or end. Zurkow creates many of the images used in her films by hand, as in Mesocosm (Northumberland UK) (2011), a 146-hour film about a yearlong cycle of life in the moors of northern England, involving weather phenomena and a cast of 150 characters—an investigation of the nature of human relationships with changing landscapes.

Marina Zurkow

The Thirsty Bird, 2012

Animation, black and white, silent, video player
Edition 1/5 + 2AP
This is part of a limited edition set.
$20,000 - 30,000
Location
New York , Los Angeles , San Francisco
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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