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, July 24, 2010

Selections from "Picture Industry (Goodbye to All That)" Organized by Walead Beshty @ Regen Projects, West Hollywood

Imi Knoebel, "Z.T. 1," 1987-88
Acrylic on wood
99 1/4 x 75 1/2 inches
Caught the Knoebel at either a very serendipitous or very frustrating moment depending on how you want to look at it... While I liked the relationship between the grid of color and the one of light and shadow from the skylight above (in fact suggesting a potential source for his work from an architectural feature elsewhere), I would have preferred to see it without such casual happenstance.

Seth Price, "Untitled," 2008
Inkjet print on protective film over acrylic
48 x 96 inches
Another problematic of the viewing condition (such is the all-consuming nature of reflective materials), I stopped and looked anyway.

Tauba Auerbach "Untitled (Fold)," 2010
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 40 inches
A seductive illusion to be sure...

Isa Genzken "Untitled," 2006
Plastic, metal, floor lamp, artichokes,
adhesive tape, spray paint, lacquer,
coconut fibre, and cable
79 x 17 x 17 1/2 inches
When a body can be thought about as mostly a system of synthetic parts, fluid ones that attach to power structures, I know I'm seeing a reflection of the now (at least partially metaphorical). I'm torn between fascination and disgust, perhaps a bit like a Warhol car crash (or perhaps an electric chair?).

John Baldessari "Sediment" @ Margo Leavin, West Hollywood

Lorna Macintyre in Group Show @ Richard Telles Fine Art, West Hollywood

Brian Kennon @ Steve Turner, MidWilshire

RJ Messineo "Attached" @ Steve Turner, MidWilshire

Fiona Banner "Spell 2," 2002 @ 1301PE, MidWilshire

Caitlin Lonegan @ ACME, MidWilshire

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Charles Ray "Hinoki" @ Art Institute Chicago

Thomas Struth "Art Institute Chicago II, Chicago 1990" @ Art Institute Chicago

Painting Selections from the Art Institute Chicago

Sigmar Polke

Fritz Glarner

Jean (Hans) Arp



David Hockney "American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman)" 1968 @ Art Institute Chicago

Christian Marclay "Guitar Drag" @ Art Institute Chicago

On Kawara "Oct.31,1978" @ Art Institute Chicago

Jasper Johns "Near the Lagoon," 2002-2003 @ Art Institute Chicago

Robert Ryman @ Art Institute Chicago

Carl Andre, Robert Smithson, Richard Serra, and Robert Morris @ Art Institute Chicago

Pedestal for a living sculpture...

Carl Andre

Robert Smithson

Richard Serra

Robert Morris

Louise Lawler "Bird Calls" @ Art Institute Chicago