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, December 31, 2015

dayoutlast Viewers' Choice Top Twelve 2015

For the second year in a row, I have decided to share two "best of" lists. This first one here is the popular vote so to speak. It reflects the top twelve most viewed posts during 2015.  Why twelve, you may ask? Twelve because there are twelve months in a year, and also because there are more or less twelve shows per year at most venues.  So, I wanted to list an amount that more or less approximates the rhythm of a year's worth of art shows. Besides, as far as I'm concerned, an end-of-the-year top twelve is no less arbitrary nor specific than the typical top tens.  So, why not?

Click the link below each image to see the full post, and thanks for another great year!