Marina Zurkow, The Poster Children, animation, color, silent - single channel version of 2007 4-channel work
The Poster Children… [is] part of a series of animated paintings whose themes circulate around apocalyptic fantasies of the deluge and climate change, of water, ice, animals, and people.
Marina Zurkow, Slurb, 2009, animation still (2/2).
There is a history of satirical illustration, epitomized by J. J. Grandville in the 19th century, in which animal-headed humans are deployed in the telling of troubling social narratives. Slurb is that kind of cartoon. Facts of the ocean’s radical changes in acidity and oxygen levels form the backbone of the animation; overfishing, dumping, and climate change’s heating of ocean currents have already triggered a reversion toward a primordial sea in parts of the ocean larger than the state of Texas. Slurb’s surface is inspired by fictions, like J. G. Ballard’s prescient 1962 novel Drowned World, in which inhabitants of a flooded world feel the tug of the sun, and dream of a return to their amniotic past.
Marina Zurkow, Slurb, 2009, animation still (1/2).
The animated, carnivalesque tailgate party of Slurb loops and stutters like a vinyl record stuck in a groove. Slurb – a word that collapses “slum” and “suburb” – encapsulates a dreamy ode to the rise of slime, a watery future in which jellyfish have dominion.
THE ALLUVIAL VALLEY
OF THE LOWER
Harold Fisk, 1944
Part of an otherwise technocratic report for the Army Corps of Engineers, Fisk’s maps of the historical traces of the Mississippi River are a wonderful suprise. Presented here are all fifteen maps, stretching from southern Illinois to southern Louisana.
Pelicans nest, and float offshore, respectively, in the same spot in photographs made on May 22, 2010, and April 8, 2011, on Cat Island, Louisiana.
Here you can see some of the massive damage the BP oil spill has inflicted upon the critically important marshes and wetlands that line our coast.
Click here to see the rest of The Boston Globe’s photo-series The Big Picture: Gulf oil spill one year later.