This is a still from a two-screen video called “Outside of All Things” by the British-born artist Richard T. Walker, now on view at James Cohan gallery in New York. (Click on the image to view a video clip.) In much of the piece, we watch a figure (the artist, we assume) traipsing through a Western desert with an image or two of mountains strapped to his back. At various moments he holds up his imitation mountains so that they align with the real ones on the horizon, completing and maybe improving what’s there in the actual landscape. Pots and pots of ink have been spilled on the subject of how romantic nature seen in art may or may not relate to the wild world around us, so it’s a pleasure to see Walker investigate the issue “on the ground,” as it were.
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