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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fredrik Nilsen Curated by Kathryn Andrews @ Downtown Photoroom





A downtown Los Angeles off-the-beaten-path location such as this one was not exactly the easiest place to access in order to view artwork, or anything else for that matter, but it seemed worth a try, especially given the premise for the exhibition.  Upon arrival,  I was met with a post-it on the glass door that said "be back in a few."  With no frame of reference for when the post-it was placed initially nor what the writer intends "few" to mean, I myself took a few minutes to see what I could see through the glass facade of the showroom, which, for this period of time, was to be understood as a photo room.  While I was unable to look closely or take any other point of view (certainly a short fall for sculptural works, in particular), I did enjoy seeing what I could see. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to return to the exhibition in a few (minutes, hours, or even days). So, I was left with a few impressions, ones that seemed to promise more than that.