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.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Jean Baudrillard's photography: Ultimate Paradox @ Chateau Shatto


Brugges, 1997
Giclée print on pure cotton paper
60 x 90 cm


Las Vegas, 1996
Giclée print on pure cotton paper
60 x 90 cm


Sainte Beuve, 1987
Giclée print on pure cotton paper
90 x 60 cm



Amsterdam, 1992
Giclée print on pure cotton paper
60 x 90 cm

Somehow it seemed appropriate, perhaps even fitting, to take photos of photos as I often do, but  without complaint this time for any one of the reflections that I typically find distracting such as lighting, other architectural features, me as photgrapher, etc... Also because they are pictures of place and somehow the inclusion of my reflection populates the image in a second order place, a hyper place, the gallery in this instance, it somehow in my mind alludes to Baurdiallard's interest in photography, banal art. Whatever the case, it was interesting to consider the images in relationship to someone who is known more for his words than his actions, here understood as photographs. Granted, as the cliche would have it, a picture is worth a thousand words. However, I'm not sure these measure up on that account. What they add up to, I'm not quite sure. Whatever the case, I snapped a few that caught my eye.