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Bill Walton

Larry Becker Contemporary Art

Drawn from his experiences in nature, Bill Walton’s work reveals an idea of landscape as immediate as the ground underfoot, while remaining partial to that which is mysterious and unnameable. In this installation, called Seven or Eight More Places, 1989, Walton brings a refined sense of attention and consideration to place and materials, reducing his experience to a set of visual equivalents which he arranges and adjusts like the words of a sentence, shifting the syntax to correspond to the particular demands of each piece. The subtle accumulation of information animates most of his objects; in that regard, they are more demanding than they suggest initially. The majority of his work is executed directly on the wall and is made of metals, wood, and sometimes of canvas; many pieces are quite small and compact. O’Dell, a carved wedge of painted wood over a curved chunk of patined brass,

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