A NICE VIEW

Nature has always been a great inspiration for artists and photographers. Richard T. Walker (born 1977) is a unique example of how contemporary art engages with the grandeur and mystery of nature in photography, performance, and video art.
Exhibition duration:
07-10-2011 - 13-11-2011
Medium:
Photography and video
Title:
A NICE VIEW
Artist:
RICHARD T. WALKER
Nature has always been a great inspiration for artists and photographers. Richard T. Walker (born 1977) is a unique example of how contemporary art engages with the grandeur and mystery of nature in photography, performance, and video art. His vivid landscapes are lyrical, quirky, humorous, and visually stunning.

Entering into a dialogue with nature as a space that is at once sublime and humane, Walker (who currently resides in San Francisco) attempts to renew the historical photographic landscape. In several works the artist himself can be seen reciting odes to rocks and trees, or playing a one-man concert in desolate landscapes. He celebrates nature in an almost romantic way and at the same time explores current or absurd notions of beauty and expectations of happiness. Can you expect nature to be a good conversation partner? And can a landscape feel the pressure to "look good"?

The exhibition at Gallery Image, which is the first solo exhibition with Walker in Scandinavia, includes the photo always everytime forever almost (2010), the photo series attempting to define the parameters of wanting I-II (2010), the video installation sometimes I like you more than other times (2008), and the video work A NICE VIEW (2007).

The three breathtaking photographs show the artist standing in front of magnificent desert landscapes. As a contemporary version of C. D. Friedrich's Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog Walker looks out over a landscape that can be the subject of myths and dreams, but also seems barren and dismissive. In the video installation sometimes I like you more than other times Walker recites odes, both through speech (left projection) and music (right projection) to elements in nature such as grass, a mountain, a tree and a stone. The landscape thus attains an anthropomorphic quality, in keeping with the romantic tradition, but the tendency is taken into the absurd and humoristic because the landscape is also criticized of being too proud, too insensitive or for not being a good enough confidant. It seems that the artist's speech and tunes should motivate the elements of nature to wise up and behave better. The laconic title of the video A NICE VIEW view signifies a hill overlooking the countryside. A slightly regretful voiceover personifies the mountain whose stagnant vision the viewer also shares. The voice addresses the mountain opposite, which is accused of intimidating 'the I-hill' that does not feel as beautiful and imposing and cannot live up to the second hill's expectations. Again, the landscape becomes human with all that it entails in terms of uncertainty and other emotions that seems ludicrous when they are applied to nature.
A NICE VIEW is curated by Louise Wolthers.

OPENING Friday 7 October at 16.00-18.00
The artist will be present.
SEMINAR Saturday 8 October 14.00-16.00. 
For more information: www.galleriimage.dk

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