the predicament of always (as it is), 2014
2 channel HD video, 12:5 min
In the predicament of always (as it is), Richard T. Walker explores the Texas landscape for the first time. Filming throughout the Southwest, with iconic vistas from Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in the Texas Hill Country, Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas, and White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, Walker plays with the idea of “the whims of nature,” or the improvisational incidents that happen by chance when exposed to the elements and unprotected in the great outdoors. Throughout the video, Walker films a series of instruments placed in various locales and proceeds to activate each instrument by throwing a rock or stone at it from outside the frame. This offbeat, somewhat absurd gesture is a new vein of the artist’s practice, first explored in a 2013 performance at the Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco. However, the act is not by chance but reliant on both gravity and mass articulating a nonrandom intention, one that is also crossed with playfulness. These actions continue Walker’s investigation as the faceless character who addresses the human condition in the vastness of the landscape.
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