Gallery Openings and Events

Washington Project for the Arts Presents Hothouse Video: Marina Zurkow

Video still from Marina Zurkow, Mesocosm (Wink, TX), 2012. Custom software-driven hand-drawn animation, 146-hour cycle. Courtesy of WPA.

Video still from Marina Zurkow, Mesocosm (Wink, TX), 2012. Custom software-driven hand-drawn animation, 146-hour cycle. Courtesy of WPA.

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Opening: Friday, January 16

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Exhibition runs January 16 – March 15, 2015. On view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

WPA partners with NY-based bitforms Gallery to present Hothouse Video: Marina Zurkow

Hothouse Video: Marina Zurkow will feature six HD video animations which take the form of mesmerizing narratives posing uneasy questions about man’s intervention in the physical environment. This exhibition–Zurkow’s first solo show in Washington, DC–is centered around Zurkow’s epic Mesocosm (Wink, TX), a custom software-driven, hand-drawn animation which constantly recreates itself in an unchoreographed, unrepeating, and unending video. Observers of Mesocosm (Wink, TX) will never twice see the same imagery due to the video’s 144-hour, year-long cycle. Zurkow creates environments with a life of their own–programmed with the necessary information and images, but allowed to change and adapt–like the world itself.

Mesocosm, (Wink, TX) is a durational video, perpetually recombining and never repeating, inspired by a real-life sinkhole in the town of Wink, TX. Its landscape evolves over time, hosting a variety of animal life throughout the changing seasons and various geological events. Slurb, a similarly dark animation whose title stems from the conglomeration of “slum” and “suburb,” depicts the world as a dreamy ode to the rise of slime in a watery future where jellyfish have dominion. In The Thirsty Bird, Zurkow uses an array of archetypal individuals at a public water fountain that has been synchronized with a pump jack, each tirelessly spewing water and oil, respectively. Weights and Measures similarly highlights the disparate connections of the world, in this instance through airplanes, elephants, and plankton. Zurkow compares these proverbial apples and oranges to probe a system of relative values. Finally, in her Elixir series, Zurkow again creates an impossible landscape with a bottle holding metronomic figures of a woman rowing and young girl trying to fly with paper wings — forever fighting and dreaming, but forever encapsulated in a bottle.

Hothouse Video: Marina Zurkow will be at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (Eye) Street, SW.

About Hothouse Video:
As a natural extension of its long running Experimental Media Series, WPA launched Hothouse Video, a series of contemporary video works by local, national, and international artists to be presented in the hotel lobby. Part of WPA’s Hothouse series of exhibitions and events at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Hothouse Video introduces exceptional artists and artworks to the DC community and to the substantial number of visitors, both national and international, who visit the hotel. Each Hothouse Video project runs approximately 6 weeks.

About bitforms
Founded in 2001, bitforms gallery is engaged in a contemporary focus that specializes in the visual discourse of new media culture. The gallery’s program draws upon a diverse range of disciplines and intellectual perspectives while maintaining a clear progressive thread. Supporting mid-career and historic figures, as well as launching emerging artists, bitforms gallery works with a roster of artists who participate in leading international exhibitions. Spurring the growth of institutional collection for ephemeral and media-based work, the gallery has placed pieces at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; Tate Modern, London, UK; The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK; the City of San Jose, San Jose, CA; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; and Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey. The gallery, located in New York City’s Lower East Side, also works closely with a wide range of corporate and private collections.

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