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, October 17, 2015

Matthew Barney "River of Fundament" @ Regen Projects


Water Cast 12: White Dwarf, 2015
Cast bronze, bronze chain, and polycaprolactone
67 1/2 x 188 1/2 x 61 inches









White Dwarf, 2015
Graphite on paper on polycaprolactone frame
28 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches


River of Fundament: Silt Press,  2015
Engraved bronze in bronze frame with gold plating
29 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches





River of Fundament: Los Angeles River,  2015
Engraved bronze in bronze frame with gold plating
29 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches




River of Fundament: Dredge,  2015
Engraved bronze in bronze frame with gold plating
23 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches




River of Fundament: Nubian Flood Plain, 2015
Engraved bronze in bronze frame with gold plating
23 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches




In vain produced, all rays return, Evil will bless, and ice will burn, 2015
Four Woodburytypes on copper mounting with
electroformed copper, nickel, and 24 carat gold,
in red oak frame
11 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches each


Evil Will Bless



ice wil burn


Creation (creative acts) derives from a well deep within. The sheer violence and disruption of homeostasis inherent in conception is the same kind that results in the explosively-produced works here. At a molecular level, the work gets done. What lies in/out  of surface disruption reveals one aspect. The other is much deeper and power-tapped not unlike the combustion of a gasoline engine, itself the motor for a complex structure and body not unlike a human. Harnessing such energies, such powers... Barnacles and Barney. Sublime invocations all. Dip. Coat. Cover. Etch. Draw.  A reminder of fundamentals both natural and humane.