A Shot in the Dark

Spanning genres and decades, the newest exhibit at the Walker Art Center, "A Shot in the Dark," showcases pieces that range beyond their commonness to express concepts and emotions from other times and places. Comprised entirely of newly acquisitioned and rarely seen works, the exhibit features three moving-image pieces. Mircea Cantor's 16mm silent film Deepature depicts a deer and a wolf in an empty, white gallery space. The film never resolves, and the viewer is left to allow their own thoughts and ideas to drift toward the meaning of the piece. Rivane Neuenschwander's black and white film Inventário das Pequenas Mortes (Sopro) (An Inventory of Small Deaths (Blow)) documents the life of a large bubble as it travels through a tropical landscape, avoiding its death. Trisha Donnelly's film Untitled is a series of reenactments of signature moves from famous rock musicians­—without ever identifying their origins. The mundane transforms into art with Joseph Beuys's simple wood graphite box Intuition, and with Meg Webster's installation Moss Bed, Queen. According to the Walker's press release, Webster's piece, a living bed of moss, is a "statement on natural containment and human relationships." (Pictured: Mircea Cantor, Deeparture (2005))
Aug. 12-March 20, 2010

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