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, July 31, 2014

Guan Rong "Relax" @ Metro PCS


Untitled (Clothes), 2013-14
oil on canvas
94 x 72 inches









I think this one is about Hope and Dream,  2014
Oil on canvas
65 x 88 inches


5 Performances from 2005 to 2009 with tambourine, 2010
oil on canvas
94 x 72 inches

I like the first one Untitled (clothes). It's well-considered in every place, it's exquisitely rendered in details, and the relationship between layered fabrics, pattern variety, and painted canvas is worth reflecting about. Graphically, Lari Pittman came to mind, but then it goes in a very different direction where the other two paintings as counterpoints inform an aesthetic where multiple language suture the composition; this take me more closely to Basquiat. Whatever the references, the first painting is a pleasure to view on its own terms.