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.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Patrick Wilson and Michael Reafsnyder @ Vielmetter












Taken as a whole, these two shows (running parallel at the same gallery) might appear like a contrast in terms. Upon further reflection, how Wilson lays it thick by thin and the Reafsnyder thick by thick, is certainly a shared interest in the obsession of a lot of paint, albeit highly constrained on the one hand and hammier (is that a word?) on the other. I suspect somewhere between these points would be my preference where looser edges would embrace transparent layers.