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, December 10, 2016

Michael Heizer "New Paintings and Sculpture" @ Gagosian | Beverly Hills


Wet Painting no. 2, 2016
Paints on canvas with silkscreen
107 x 91 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches





1 of 4 Hard Edge Etchings, 2016
4 Etchings with aquatint on Somerset Satin 500gsm paper
24 x 21 1/8 x 1 1/8 inches

Prints recall cats fighting in a bag. Lines of contained movement. Shapes painting reveals organic, fluid process in relation to surface of stone. Lines as edges (shifting planes suggesting shifting plates). So, animation and scale with remnants of Ab Ex emotionalism.



Wet Painting no. 1, 2016
Paints on canvas with silkscreen
109 1/8 x 90 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches

 Linseed wrinkle. Fragments. 






Fragment A, 2016
Granitic rock and weathering steel
113 1/4 x 172 1/2 x 83 1/2 inches







Black Diorite Negative Wall Sculpture, 1992-94
5.7 ton black diorite / granite in weathered steel frame
88 1/4 x 76 3/8 x 31 inches

Surface and depth. Gray stone largely homogenous and regular at long distance. 




Wet Painting no. 6, 2016
Paints on canvas with silkscreen
111 1/4 x 90 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches





Wet Painting no. 5, 2016
Paints on canvas with silkscreen
108 3/4 x 85 x 2 1/2 inches



Degrees of landscape. From the literal to the figurative. Real to ideal. Levels of abstraction. Organic to geometric. Colors that move from neutral, earth tones to ethereal and back. Puzzle as a noun and a verb like painting. Puzzling. An activity AND an object. 



Wet Painting no. 3, 2016
Paints on canvas with silkscreen
115 3/8 x 86 1/8 x 2 1/2 inches





Wet Painting no. 2, 2016
Paints on canvas with silkscreen
107 x 91 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches





Wet Painting no. 4, 2016
Paints on canvas with silkscreen
109 7/8 x 91 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches


Wet Painting no. 7, 2016
Paints on canvas with silkscreen
109 3/4 x 89 x 3 inches







Hard Edge Painting no. 2, 2015-2016
Polyvinyl latex on canvas
108 1/4 x 95 x 2 1/4 inches





Color follows form. Curve gives way to straight angles. Origami. Crane. Folding/unfolding planes. How the quality and incident of light interacts with flat planes that suggest volume. 



Hard Edge Painting no. 5B, 2015-2016
Polyvinyl latex on canvas
106 3/4 x 88 x 2 1/4 inches





Hard Edge Painting no. 4, 2015-2016
Polyvinyl latex on canvas
108 1/2 x 92 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches


Hard Edge Painting no. 3, 2015-2016
Polyvinyl latex on canvas
108 1/4 x 95 x 2 1/4 inches


Hard Edge Painting no. 5B, 2015-2016
Polyvinyl latex on canvas
106 3/4 x 88 x 2 1/4 inches



Speckled canvas, apparently homogenous like the granite rock, variegates upon close inspection. Things, per usual, are not always as they seem. 




Pictorial despite the attempt to literalize with dimension or remove illusion with painted effect. Somewhere between these poles, dependent on change of position and therefore point of view, lies versions of the truths. 

Emotion/Logic (fluid, dynamic and/or not). 



Altars, 2016
8 Etchings with Aquatint on Japanese Igarashi Kozo 480g paper
22 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches

Altars: pairings of shapes. Tools. Artifacts. Language. Symbol.