'Apocrypha' was a large scale video installation, 13.5' x 10' x 34' commissioned for 'Presence', a twelve-month exhibition where eight works of art were shown in a specially constructed space by architect Nathan Fuchs at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY. Conceived and developed by former Speed Art Museum contemporary curator Julien Robson, this exhibit encompassed an architectural intervention, a series of solo exhibits and a series of lectures. Artists included in the exhibition were Franz Gertsch, Ik-Joong Kang, Bill Henson, Mark Wallinger, Gerhard Richter, Chris Cunningham, Berni Searle, and Valerie Sullivan Fuchs.
From Diana Heilenman, "A Growing Presence", Courier-Journal, Feb. 26, 2005
Apocrypha means hidden, secret or of dubious origin and is a reference to the biblical Apocrypha, writings or books of the bible, that are accepted and rejected by different religious groups and scholars. What is interesting..is to realize what is left out of the Bible are the stories of Susanna, Esther and Judith. "Apocrypha" by Valerie at the Speed Art Museum is fueled by her interest in the "absence" of people and often, their places in their communities...People, and especially women, can seem to disappear without a trace, [or a record in history]. In order to provide the presence of absence, Fuchs took 20 hours of recorded sound from interviews with her family about former relatives and edited it to four minutes of overlapping voices played behind, around and seemingly inside the visual video of landscapes. "I didn't want 'Apocrypha' to be an object that you just viewed; I wanted it to be something you're in." Julien Robson said, "Apocrypha" is the only work in "Presence" that alters the architectural box in which the series has been presented. By making the space itself into a kind of sculpture and asking the viewer to "move right nose-up against the screen," Robson said, Fuchs' work may turn out to be the most "demanding" of all.