dayoutlast is a record of my direct engagement with mostly contemporary art, mostly Los Angelean.

As this blog has evolved since its 2010 inception, so has my perspective. What I once perceived as central within the investigation was what was central, literally, within the photographic frame that I shared here. While still an important consideration, such thinking has also given way to more peripheral considerations, ones also accompanied occasionally by text (written manifestation of thought) and the oscillations between them. What's missing here are larger unknowns surrounding issues of presentation and representation; the amount of time and space it actually takes to accomplish such first-hand observations; and the quandaries between documentation and interpretation.

Despite my attempt to communicate here with image and text what is essential in some respect about the artwork, neither representation should ever be considered a substitution for the primary viewing experience. Of course, occasionally there are exceptions.

Most of the time, these posts are merely remnants---residual fragments---from my last day out.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Stanya Kahn "A cave walks into a bar..." @ Susanne Vielmetter

It didn't make sense for me to photograph any one element in this show, because it seemed to be about being there in an easy chair, one that does not translate well ex situ.  The quality of light, sound, and image was extraordinary and entertaining in the videos.  Combined, they recapitulated an abstracted domestic environment (interior) or conversely the absurdity of characters in the streets (exterior). Less interested in the wall works (hard to compete with the moving images), David Shrigley came to mind in a nice way to underscore combined elegance and humor.