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, February 6, 2016

Alexander May @ LA >< ART


Twenty-Six Plural, 2010
Steel
Dimensions variable


Code Hissss 1, 2015
Aluminum
84 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches


Untitled, 2015
Scratched sheet rubber and aluminum enamel resin mounted on wood panel
56 x 84 inches



Untitled, 2015
Scratched sheet rubber and aluminum enamel resin mounted on wood panel
56 x 84 inches




Alphabetic Organ, 2015
Paint back linoleum, sheet plastic, speakers, plexiglas, amps, computer, volume pedal, copper
speaker wire, steel racks, wood, latex paint, paper, ink, extension cord
Dimensions variable





The relationships between sound, language, space, performance (process), and whatever else effects the moment are all fun to contemplate and decode.  I just happen to catch a moment in time with the artist demonstrating the audio elements of the installation to his guests.  Had he not been there,  it would have been a very different experience on various levels.  If there was an invitation to interact/participate, it wasn't clear,  though ultimately, not necessary since the reception of the work seems to complete somewhere between site and mind. Less mutliplicitous were the non, time-based works no matter what they would suggest abstractly about limitless potentials. Alas, language is totally insufficient to appreciate the work, and, apparently, so is my post, since I'm not sharing an audio sample. Should have been there.