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, January 14, 2016

Matthew Barney "RIVER OF FUNDAMENT" @ MOCA LA, Geffen

Crown Victoria, 2013
Cast Zinc

Water Cast 14: Yellow Dwarf, 2015
Cast bronze with gold plating

DJED, 2009-11
Cast iron and graphite blocks

Trans America, 2014
Cast sulfur, epoxy resin, and wood

Imperial Mask, 2014
Cast polycaprolactone, copper, bronze, and brass, steel, lapis lazuli, turquoise, carnelian, agate, polyethylene, and gold plating

Secret Name, 2008/2011
Cast lead, polycaprolactone, copper, and zinc

Personal anecdote related to these two images: I nearly drowned, literally, the "River Of No Return," the Upper Salmon of Idaho, the same treacherous segment of waters that forced Lewis and Clark to divert their expedition north. It was upon their return through this pass that men lost lives and horses, Those that survived ate most of the horses. It's a country of unparalleled beauty and isolated intrepidness. My father-in-law's family is from that area since the 1800s. So, I've come to know aspects of it quite well, and it was curious to discover this case regarding Salmon, ID.

depth of creation: a kernel explosion, like the ejaculate that penetrates the egg; oil and water mix, emulsify; male macho mystery
cast— a process, a glance, characters in a play, a fishing rod (not a hot rod)
body— of a car, of a human, of a politic, of a galaxy (not a ford)
falling remains, museological remnants
failed, fallen frontiers, 
seeds that did not grow (nor did not last), 
semen that did not propagate, 
masturbatory fruitions

Comments about a system of universal relations or one man’s myth, narcissistic and grand (not prix)?