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, March 19, 2016

James Welling "Choreograph" @ Regen Projects


4176, 2015
Inkjet on rag paper
Framed Dimensions: 43 1/4 x 63 1/8 inches
Image Dimensions: 42 x 63 inches



0371, 2015
Inkjet on rag paper
Framed Dimensions: 43 1/4 x 63 1/8 inches
Image Dimensions: 42 x 63 inches




Somehow the title of this show, "Choreograph," commingled with the medium, photograph, certainly linguistically.  Somehow the composition of bodies moving in space is similar to that of capturing light.  I get it as ntegrated layers merge this idea in the final works. Unfortunately, I was left wanting more of the abstract palette that I have come to expect from Welling in terms of color and subject.  While there's nothing wrong with exhuming an old idea nor trying something new,  I'm not entirely clear how these transition from, say, the Phillip Johnson "Glass House"series. Then again, parts of this sequence are obvious, the transparency and setting.  This awkward transition leads me to be curious about what's next, if one could propose something so linear within the context of "light writing" that is to say photography as choreography.