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, February 22, 2014

Matt Connors "Complaints III" @ Cherry and Martin (2732)




Not given much time to view this work properly (read: slowly as I typically would) due to a just after-hours generous staff accommodation, I was forced to take this in more like a painting, one holistic view of a single dimension. Somehow this seemed fitting as it pertains to Connors' work which is a painting practice that seems to often account for, at some level, the conditions of the space of presentation.  While the work installed drew attention to the contours of the exhibition space with a display of color that seemed arbitrary (what I liked best in some sense), I was also taken, not surprisingly, by how such a discrete installation brought attention to the subtlest of lighting conditions, something no camera could enjoy, certainly not one small enough to fit in my front pocket.