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.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pierre Huyghe @ LACMA

Annunciation of the visitor. Into the abyss...

Charles Ray recall. 

Institutional controls. 

Accessibility inconsistencies. 

Intermittency-like weather pattern. Chaos. 

Event and temporal alignment contrasted (or in parallel) with spatial design of exhibition. 
Moments of synchronicity?

Contingency and reflexivity (annunciated audience and installation; performers all complicit with the work and its social milieu).

Culture as nature. Hive mentality. 

Integrating interior/exterior conditions. 
Various states of matter (density, flow (time)). 

Surfaces wearing away. The opposite of cumulative effect. Negation as a long way towards positivity.

Recall MOCA "Ecstasy" and Whitney Biennial 2006... 

Milling, sensing, touching...
Hans Haacke (phenomenal/sociopolitical)
Happenstance and chance. In the work and in the viewing space. 

Feminine contained...

Both recall works (MOCA "Ecstasy" and Whitney Biennial 2006) in the same darkened room. 

Longing and nostalgia in the audio. 

An overall calming effect. Reconciling distraction, disruption, discontinuity...

Forces of nature in concert with forces of culture.