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.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Andrea Zittel and Stephen Prina in "Titans of the Stratosphere" @ Patrick Painter

Andrea Zittel
A-Z Dining Room Carpet, 1998
nylon carpet
120 x 72 inches

Stephen Prina
Monochrome Painting: A Posterior Prototype: Average Size, 1994
delstar acrylic enamel (VW 1985, LB6V, #45893, 
Papyrus Green Poly) on linen, on wood panel, on wood
9 x 6 3/4 inches in two configurations: single crates as shelf, double crate as table
Crate: 57 1/2 x 57 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Painting: 53 x 53 inches

With a rare opportunity to juxtapose Zittel and Prina in the context of a slightly larger group show with an unusual (and annoying) title, one that conjures spectacle and grandiosity (think "Monsters of Rock" stadium level venue (of course, these were slightly dated works)),  I enjoyed looking/thinking more about the usage of space with artworks, ones that consider every aspect of work (the floor, the wall, materials, and paces in between). I really feel like the first photo in this post does it all.  Form and function are called into question between rug and chair.  Complementary color schemes reinforce my reading and suggested compatibility of works.