FraenkelLAB is pleased to present two new videos by Richard T. Walker: an occasionally related occurrence #1 and an occasionally related occurrence #2. Projected through the window of the gallery on 1632 Market Street Tuesday through Saturday evenings (5:30-8:30pm), these two artworks continue Walker’s exploration of the experience of the individual within the natural landscape.
Filmed in the Black Rock desert, an occasionally related occurrence #1 starts with a cymbal in the center of the screen. Rocks and stones interrupt the frame, hitting and missing the cymbal, as if the landscape is playing for and to itself. Eventually the cymbal succumbs to the inertia of the desert, silenced as it falls to the ground.
For an occasionally related occurrence #2, the artist produced a record of a chorus of keyboards playing a looped chord progression. The record is a ‘picture disk’ of an 19th-century etching of mount Shasta in Northern California. The etching is placed in front of a mountain in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, creating a strange visual space that plays with notions of distance in real and fabricated, geographical and historic terms.
Solitude, human nature, and dialogue are at the core of Richard T. Walker’s work. Walker employs a variety of media, including video, music, photography, sculpture and performance–often intermixed–to explore and question the experience of the individual within the natural landscape.
Walker (b. 1977, Shrewsbury, UK) received his MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, 2005. His work is held in the collections of SFMOMA, Kadist Foundation (San Francisco / Paris), and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (K21), Dusseldorf, amongst others. He has exhibited and performed world wide, including solo and group exhibitions at SFMOMA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; The Contemporary Austin; The Times Museum, Guangzhou, China; The Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; and Witte De With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, among other venues. Walker has been an Irvine Fellow at the Montalvo Art Center and a resident at The Headlands Center for the Arts and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He received an Artadia Award in 2009.
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