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, November 2, 2013

Neil Beloufa "Speaking About Best" @ Francois Ghebaly

The act of looking and listening. Hodge lodge (an autofill typo that I somehow like better than "podge.") Connections (tenuous, "real," bogus...). Landscape. Overwrought maquettes at the details. To sit and think or not (cf. Rodin, perhaps only obliquely). "The Dan Graham Problem..." Transparency and deflection. Seriality. Difficult to differentiate between what is intentional and what is given (circumscribed?) by the space.  Non-functional design. Dissonance. Sometimes competing and confusing forces can be productive; in this instance, it's not clear what is being put forward other than attention to attention deficit. Look to Dave Hullfish Bailey or Fischli & Weiss for a more coherent exposition of such concerns, the flow of energy and information.  Portals, dimensions, and sensory overload (the new anxiety rooted in the current system of exchange---the internet).