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, October 21, 2017

Julian Stanczak "DUO" @ Diane Rosenstein

Succession, 1989
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 60 inches

Offering Violet, 1970
Acrylic on canvas
70 x 60 inches

Mystic, 1976
Acrylic on canvas
38 x 28 inches

Touching Purple, 1986
Acrylic on canvas
70 x 70 inches

Interactive, 1989
Acrylic on canvas
44 x 22 inches

Offering White, 1991
Acrylic on canvas
33 1/4 x 24 1/8 inches

All the complications of vision are present with these works, paintings that reference color, pattern, and rhythm.  The restlessness of of each one reminds more about the value of a present moment as they eye continuously shifts to locate something.  Such was the movements of earlier Op Art attempts  as well. If the tension of structure and contrast within each is not enough in terms of line and shape, then color itself can be seen as complicated within the viewing experience itself AND my photographic representations. If you look at the first image, both the whole composition and my details reveal the diversity within a single image. If that's not enough, the camera's inability to grasp some kind of "truth" about the primary viewing experience should also be cause for contemplation.  Such a medium and the media it represents ought to be taken in proper context and perspective not for a means to a simple end of pleasure (but partially why not and in spite of my own partial distaste of these, partially because most won't look past the Op dazzle and partially because they are too uniform in my opinion) BUT rather too consider the symbolic language offered here about how something as seemingly simple as color, form, and pattern can give way to complex thoughts about difficulties of understanding, perception, and possibly how such things change over time.  Taken together over a thirty year period, it is also remarkable to consider the shift, slight as it is within a single body of work, one that asks how to ponder and reconcile the relations of two or DUO as the exhibition title states. Just compare the first two paintings in this post as a starting point; they are twenty-nine years apart yet could have been made the same day off the same palette. Change and an understanding about change is subtle at best.

Jennifer Guidi "More Life" @ David Kordansky

Pink Sky Mountain (Painted White Sand SF #2C, White and Multicolor), 2017
sand, acrylic, and oil on linen
41 x 35 x 1 1/2 inches (104.1 x 88.9 x 3.8 cm)

Eclipse (Painted Mandala Mountain SF #1A, Black Sand, Blue, Yellow, Purple, Red), 2017
sand, acrylic, and oil on linen
21 x 15 x 1 1/2 inches (53.3 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm)

The relationship of light and land is a continuous and fascinating one, just as incessant, repetitive, painted marks on surface... 
I thought about Lee Mullican and Yayoi Kusama.

Adriana Varejão "Interiors" @ Gagosian, Beverly Hills

Rome Meat Ruin, 2017
Oil on aluminum and polyurethane
100 3/16 x 18 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches

Fabricated ruin. Grid awareness with color variation in grout and tile. Color as surface or substance; continuous or variable, a matter of perspective and distance?

O obsessivo, 2004
Oil on canvas
110 1/4 x 88 9/16 inches

O illuminado, 2009
Oil on canvas
90 9/16 x 220 1/2 inches

Perspective. Geometry. Roman bath... blood bath.  
Labyrinth of unknowns. 

Green Sauna, 2003
Oil on canvas
76 3/4 x 114 3/16 inches

Reconciling curvilinear/rectilinear within image as well as work itself. 
Round corners of painting frame itself; columns. 
Darkness foregrounds interior light; value reveals depth. 
Flatness/depth in a Minecraft world. 
Cf. Analia Saban architectural interiors (also using bath/shower as subject). See here.

A diva, 2004
Oil on canvas
104 5/16 x 86 5/8 inches

Work that unfolds slowly over time with respect to spatial perception itself a function of light; internal light. Therefore, by extension when I stand before the work, whatever dimension it takes, I am in the dark/ness as viewer. 

The Guest, 2004
Oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 27 9/16 inches

An internal violence percolates and is most noticeable when inside uncontrollably becomes outside.

O mistico, 2005
Oil on canvas
35 7/16 x 28 3/8 inches

Painting the negative space (inverting the painting process to call attention to how the relationship between tangible surface and less tangible space are not so easy to perceive as it may seem within a continuous web). 

cf. Mondrian below

cf. John McCallister below. also here

Ruina de charque, 2001
Oil on wood and polyurethane
21 5/8 x 81 1/2 x 63 inches

Tile signifies refined process and order above an organic, meaty underneath. 
Interior space as both body and architectural layer.

Ruina de Charque - Nova Capela, 2003
Oil on wood and polyurethane
47 1/4 x 104 5/16 x 22 1/16 inches

Interior is either homogenous or heterogeneous, classical or Baroque, a continual movement between such poles, dependent on time and relative spatial position as it pertains to artwork and/or body of artworks.

Overall, I was less interested in these three wall works, the most recent ones in the show. Even though they seemed to make sense as a kind of evolution where interior space bursts forth in relief (a space between 2 and 3 dimensions), they come across as simultaneously decorative and regressive with respect to natural and pictorial space. An image of cracking seems clear enough in its referents of decay and decline within substance. Unfortunately, I keep thinking about the paintings of architectural interiors as well as really old oil paintings, especially the ones with so much surface cracking.

Blue Song - LA, 2017
Oil and plaster on canvas