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 27, 2012

Kevin Appel @ Samuel Freeman

Mary Weatherford "Bakersfield Project" @ LAXART

Having seen this work on display in Bakersfield proper, I wasn't sure how such a group of works tied conceptually (situationally?) to a specific locale would translate to a new setting. While the inquiry between light and color seemed to hold up on Culver City's "gallery row," I was missing a kind of remoteness that was set up by the adventure of driving there, there being a place (a landscape) transformed through the work.  See my discussion of this project from an earlier post here.

Cannon Hudson @ Samuel Freeman

Rashid Johnson "Coup d'etat" @ David Kordansky