The atrocious eternal return: Patricia Valencia & Emmett Walsh
JAUS is very pleased to present "The atrocious eternal return", a two-person exhibition of new film, video and sculpture by artists Patricia Valencia and Emmett Walsh, curated by Salomón Huerta. Borrowing its title from the Argentine writer Adolfo Bioy Casares’ 1940 science fiction novella The Invention of Morel, the exhibition will position sculptural assemblages within an environment of projected images.
Shot collaboratively in Super-8 film and high definition video, the film works document locations in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Mexico City; the pre-Columbian archaeological sites of Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Teotihuacan, a ‘Mayan Riviera’ holiday resort near Cancun, and a gated housing community on the outskirts of Mexico City. A companion piece by Patricia Valencia couples fragments of architectural anomalies within Los Angeles, with an intimate portrait of working hands at rest. These moving images aim to present an unhurried view of human built environments and their proximity to, and consumption of their immediate natural surroundings.
Emmett Walsh’s sculptural assemblages draw together exotic woods, found remnants of man-made industrial design, and natural minerals, that hint at a former utility or wealth. These mostly natural items that were once re-formed, then discarded, are now re-formulated into acts of careful balance, to be reconsidered as totems of human accumulation.
Collectively the films and sculptures demonstrate a back-and-forth of excavations and burials, and many returns; images reiterated, architectures recontextualized, materials reincarnated, and the activity of hands revolving relentlessly back.
Patricia Valencia (Los Angeles, 1971) 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 the UK. 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), Itch Scratch Scar, (curated by Kohl King and Alevé Loh) Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Role-Play, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles.
Emmett Walsh (London, 1982) is an artist working in sculpture, video 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) Huerta Studio, Los Angeles, Itch Scratch Scar, (curated by Kohl King and Alevé Loh) Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 12/21/12: Illuminations, (screening and talk with Patricia Valencia), and MK Calling, both at the Milton Keynes Gallery, UK.
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