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, September 16, 2016

Rodney McMillian "Chisholm's Reverb" @ Susanne Vielmetter

a prism, 2016
Fabric, canvas, acrylic, ink and sound installation
13.09' x 22.09'

Song: “That’s the Way of the World”,
Written by Maurice White, Charles Stepney, Verdine White Performed by RTM
Produced by Scott Benzel and Rodney McMillian Samples:
Alice Coltrane, “Journey to Satchidananda”
With special thanks to Tamara Silvera

Inaccessible space (music playing from the other side of the fabric barrier). Alternating, vertical stripes (fabric/painted). Which side are we on? In or Out? As if it were that binary?

Painting 3, Avery F. Gordon, 2016
Vinyl on wall
33.50  x 60.00 inches

pod: frequencies to a manefestationing, 2016
Vases, wood shelves, spray paint, fabric, chicken wire,
PA system and sound installation Dimensions variable

Sound: 1. 2.
Shirley Chisholm speaking at UCLA 5/22/1972
Produced by Scott Benzel and Rodney McMillian Samples:
Alice Coltrane, “Journey to Satchidananda” Sonny Sharrock, “Ask the Ages”

Empty black vessels stand atop white furnishings congregated loosely around a central form (black organic shape (solid or not) which contrasts with hard-edge furniture and vessels) and radiating sound from two central speakers (a relatively coherent voice, overhead) facing opposing directions. Surrounding sounds mingle with other abstract incoherent sounds (the perimeter, peripheral) from elsewhere.  With the alignment of two speakers directly above the rock-like form, it's not hard to think of head and body or god and land (planet). Whatever the metaphor, images of surveillant power, omnipotent, panoptic views reverberate. 

Unfulfilling projected words despite compelling sound and image... Ultimately, the spoken words do not fill these vessels. No one is listening in this empty room.

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