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Richard Walker
at Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, California
Recommendation by Jody Zellen

Continuing through April 30, 2011

Richard Walker presents a three screen video installation projected on the gallery walls that is a philosophical meditation on the sounds and the space of the desert. As the protagonist of his video works. Walker filmed himself both making and playing sounds in the empty landscape. Wearing a bright red shirt, it is obvious he is an intruder in the environment, and while he tries to both blend in as well as add something to the experience, it is clear that nature is the dominant force.

The nine minute loop shot in the California desert depicts the shifting landscape as the light moves from east to west, changing the illumination and shadows on the distant hills. Entitled "the speed and the eagerness of meaning," this work combines spoken text, song and music. It is an attempt by the artist to integrate himself into the vast desert landscape and make an impression without leaving a mark.

Christopher Grimes Gallery

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