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.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now @ Hammer Museum

Matt Mullican
Untitled (Cosmology over Material),  1984
Oil stick rubbing and acrylic on canvas

Helen Mirra
Hourly Directional field notation 24 July, Handen,  2011
Oil and graphite rubbing on linen

Max Ernst
Forest and Sun, 1931
Graphite frottage and graphite on paper

Max Ernst
Le fleuve amour (The River of Love),  1925
Graphite frottage on paper

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