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Thursday Scratch Nights

Artist Film Screening

Emmett Walsh and Patricia Valencia


Artist Film Screening: Emmett Walsh and Patricia Valencia

12/21/12: Illuminations

Thursday 5 June / 7pm / Free / Prebooking essential online via Eventbrite

The three-channel video installation titled 12/21/12: Illuminations documents the sunrise of the 2012 winter solstice projecting a column of light through the interior of an 18th Century Mission in northern California. The church’s purposeful architectural alignment and presumed motives are investigated through slow, detailed shots of light and shadow playing on the man-made construction. 


A female voice recites an excerpt from a written essay that collects together circumstantial histories and notes on celestial alignments that revolve around the annual event of the sun dissecting the building. Themes discussed include the apocalyptic misreading of Maya cosmology, Western enlightenment tactics of religious conversion, the advent of computer-generated imagery alongside experimental film works of light and colour, and the uncovering of both ancient and contemporary attitudes towards mortality.

…‘And so the morning turned out clear and frosty. We each chose our own viewing locations, marking out a spot among the crowd that had gathered in the dark, all of us there to witness a slow illumination. A gold illumination creeping across the wall like the gold ink and leaf of decorative arts, church mosaics, lavish bindings, sought minerals; a gilded, plotted path. A streak coaxed and cajoled in year after year for as long as the window frame stands, or the doors swing open.


Emmett Walsh and Patricia Valencia

Patricia Valencia is an artist working in film, video, and installation. She obtained her MFA from Hunter College, New York in 2008, and attended the Skowhegen School of Painting & Sculpture in 2003. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico, and Scotland. Her first solo exhibition, Without End, at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, was a result of the 2013 Feitelson Arts Fellowship Award. Recent projects include Then zoom became drone, Tropico De Nopal Gallery, Los Angeles, América Tropical, PØST, Los Angeles (both in collaboration with Emmett Walsh), and Role-Play, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles.

Emmett Walsh is an artist working in video, sculpture, and writing. He obtained his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 2008, and completed a Gasworks Gallery International Fellowship in South Africa in 2010. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in England, Scotland, Germany, France, Portugal, Israel, South Africa and the USA. Recent projects include We steal by line and level, (solo) Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, Then zoom became drone, Tropico De Nopal Gallery, Los Angeles, América Tropical, PØST, Los Angeles (both in collaboration with Patricia Valencia), and MK Calling, Milton Keynes Gallery, UK.



June 2014


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