Marina Zurkow: Friends, Enemies, and Others
This was the inaugural exhibition in the Montclair Art Museum's New Directions series. Curated by Alexandra Schwartz, MAM's first curator of contemporary art, the exhibition marked the world premiere of Zurkow's series Friends and Enemies, and comprised 16 works on paper and five digital animation videos, two of which were shown on the Museum's grounds. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Friends and Enemies, comprises a 146-hour-long video, Mesocosm (Northumberland, UK), and related prints, which were shown together in the Marion Mann Roberts Gallery.
Zurkow makes psychological narratives about humans and their relationship to animals, plants, and the weather. These take the form of multichannel videos, customized multiscreen computer pieces, animated cartoons, interactive mobile works, and pop objects. With these works, Zurkow seeks to spur a conversation around the relationship between nativist views toward invasives and anti-immigrant rhetoric.