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Richard Turner Walker [Videonale.11]

*1977, lives in London GBR
Studied at Goldsmiths College GBR, at Staffordshire University GBR and at Bath Spa University College GBR

Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Loop Art Fair, Solo Presentation with Christopher Grimes Gallery, Barcelona ESP

2011 a nice view, Galleri Image, Aarhus DK [S]

         Big Picture, K21, Dusseldorf GER

         The Art of Pop Video, Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Art), Cologne GER

         Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles USA [S]

2010 Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN USA [S]

         attempting to define the parameters of wanting, part of Transplanted, San Francisco Arts Commission,            San Francisco, USA [S]

         Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles USA [S]

2008 I want to want you like i wanted to want you, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco USA [S]

2006 I‘ll be lost when I find you, Galeria Dels Angels, Barcelona ESP [S]

 

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succesive inconceivable events, 2005, 5:59 min, sound, colour [Videonale.11]

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.

Corina Charalambous

Courtesy of the artist, Christopher Grimes Gallery and Angels Barcelona

Richard Turner Walker [ Videonale.11 ]