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, September 23, 2017

Lita Albuquerque and Michael McMillen in "Eclipse" @ Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design

Note the words floating over the top of the waves like ungrounded subtitles, subtle yet markedly present in the viewing context as well as emphasizing themes of light and dark over longer periods of time, this time of a more personal kind. So, personal time and infinite time are considered somewhere between waves of light and shadow, word and phenomena, object and space, sculpture and video, and so on...

Lita Albuquerque
Eclipse, 2017
Looping Video
TRT: 11 min, 56 sec

Object: gold-plated bronze

Michael McMillen
Burn, 2017
Mixed Media

As opposed to waves of light and word washing endlessly over a viewer, an acute focus of light-wave reveals the power to transform that which gives light metaphorically (knowledge via books) and the obvious play with forest (paper books) and hearth (the heat and heart of life). 

Thus, there are a moments in time when the positions of objects/constellations are such that the power of presence and absence can be felt and understood in terms of both art and relevant life experience. Hence, an astronomical eclipse motivates an exhibition about such matters, and certain works underscore the value of a shifting, visual experience, one that accommodates various layers and perceptions of time.

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