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.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Asha Schecter @ Various Small Fires

Pamplemousse La Croix (crumpled), 2016
Inkjet print on adhesive vinyl

Blue Drinking Straw (Chewed), 2016
Inkjet print on adhesive vinyl

Born out of what I understand to be a photographic practice, these appliqués are striking in their photorealistic presence and photogenic qualities. Photogenics? Photogenesis? Suddenly a lot of P's here.  Digressions aside, it was fun to look at these two works, ones that problematize the best parts of image-making, depth and authenticity.  Painting, photograph, or graphic decal, they're all the same here.  As an image pair, they also make a humorous comment regarding "crushing it" and "sucking,"  recycling/repurposing and use-value exhaustion, certainly used up yet reinvigorated. Kind of like painting, photos, etc...

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