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, June 29, 2013

"Illuminations" Curated by Matthew Higgs @ Richard Telles Fine Art

The press release for this show reads like a lamentation of English light, a yearning for a personal nostalgia, a childhood moment. While certainly as good an excuse as any to mount a show, an exhibition grouping various interests in lights, that is to say lamps, objects tied to function, I would have liked to see the works after dark, perhaps in the dreary cold of winter. Instead, this proposal was staged during the longest days of the year, in "sunny California" no less. And the gallery hours for this one in particular are even earlier in the day! This ironical gesture does seem purposeful somehow though it does not actually render an opportunity to well to see these lamps in their, well, um, best light.  That said, here are two works by two artists that I consider strong examples in any light.

Matt Paweski

Noam Rappaport

Noam Rappaport

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