Home ARTISTS PROGRAM SHOP PRESS ABOUT US PRODUCTION
1
             
  Richard T. Walker
   
 
Successive Inconceivable Events
Films on the playlist
Successive Inconceivable Events
The Hierarchy of Relevance

 
Richard T. Walker (England, 1977) lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Spoken dialogue, text and original music compositions culminate in Richard T. Walker’s work to construct video and photography that investigates complex relationships between language, the environment and ourselves. In using a contemporary meditation on romantic landscape and the romantic individual, Walker visually constructs and reveals inherent failures in language that highlight fickle inconsistencies within the current human condition. Using the experience of our environment as metaphor, these inconsistencies are used as a critical tool to reveal a point of confrontation between innate desire, cultural interpretation and reality.

Successive Inconceivable Events (2005) “In Successive Inconceivable Events, Richard Turner Walker attempts to record a direct dialogue with nature. At first, we see a panorama of landscapes, forests and mountains that radiate seclusion and serenity, but are not without a certain coolness, giving the video the impression of a painting. Then the artist himself appears amidst the scenery. He places a CD player on a tree stump from which issue the gentle sounds of an acoustic guitar. The performer sits down in the landscape – his back turned to the viewer – and begins, as soon as the music stops, to carry out an intimate conversation with nature. He articulates his feelings when faced with the unapproachable distance of the nature around him and its lack of acknowledgement for his own presence. While nature encounters him with overwhelming beauty, this is coupled with a raw frigidity. He senses not only a dearth of warmth and comfort, but ultimately also the absence of any kind of connection at all. He admires nature as if she were a far-away loved one, but at the same time feels isolated, even alienated. Richard Turner Walker’s work takes up the long tradition of nature dialogue, reflecting on the impossibility of man truly knowing nature as she always eludes his grasp.” -- Videonale (2007)

The Hierarchy of Relevance (2010) A series of shots depicting boulders, bushes, trees and cacti from the Californian desert are presented to the viewer as a story is heard about someone becoming overwhelmed by the individual beauty of such objects rendering it impossible for the protagonist to collectively view his surroundings as a Landscape. The video culminates into a 'song of distraction'; a multi-layered piece of music whereby the artist plays various instruments and sings, individually addressing each 'part' of the surrounding scene in an attempt to rectify his perceptual predicament.

Gallery
Christopher Grimes Gallery www.cgrimes.com


www.richardtwalker.net
 
 
 
   
spacer
   
 
the board press contact links terms of use home newsletter
   
spacer
 
spacer
 
spacer
 
spacer
 
spacer