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

William Lamson @ Honor Fraser

Untitled (mylar), 2011
HD Video
TRT: 3:44 minutes (looping)

Action for the Delaware, 2011
HD Video
TRT: 14:09 minutes (looping)

Presented and listed as two separate video installations, I was more interested in how they were interacting together, flowing in and out of one another by contrast, saturation and aridity, resolve and resignation.  How streaming time can be considered between various densities (water and human v. air and trash) and how one can defy the limits of the other is interesting. The heavier stands by illusion on the surface (trying hard in my mind not to think about Jesus and George Washington); the lighter one glides along, suspended, personifying freedom. Against/With the currents, the message seems to be the same here: whichever way it goes, it's a solitary pursuit.