Please join us for the opening reception of Labor&Materials. Enjoy a cocktail reception at 6pm with remarks by Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites, followed by a special presentation by featured artist Marina Zurkow.
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About the Exhibition
Exploring the evolution of industry in the 21st century, Labor&Materials presents a precarious balance between promise and peril. The scale, scope, and speed of technological innovation heralds unprecedented changes in what, how, where, and by whom goods and services are produced and provided. Economists describe the explosion of radically new platforms and products emerging in the digital age—robots and other forms of automated labor, self-driving cars, three-dimensional printing, the explosion of bits and pixels transmitted across the internet, and the growing global network of trade driven by the shipping container—as an inflection point: a time in human history when how we live and work is utterly transformed. What does an inflection point look like? How will the widespread transformation of commerce and consumption affect access to goods and jobs, to information and infrastructure?
About the Artist
Marina Zurkow is a media artist focused on near-impossible nature and culture intersections. She uses systems, materials, and technologies – including food, software, and animation– to foster intimate connections between people and non-human agents. Most recently, she has collaborated with UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) and chefs Hank and Bean on Making the Best of It: Nimble Foods for Climate Chaos, a series of tasting events using regional species indicative of anthropogenic environmental change. Zurkow has been granted awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Creative Capital. Her work has been exhibited at Storm King Art Center (New York), Chronos Art Center (Shanghai), the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and Sundance New Frontiers, among other sites. She is on the faculty at New York University and is represented by bitforms gallery. She would rather be in the ocean than on Mars.
Image credit: Marina Zurkow (American), MORE&MORE (the invisible oceans): India, 2016. Custom software, Mac mini, 40-inch screen, and custom metal frame.