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, February 25, 2017

Theaster Gates "But to Be a Poor Race" @ Regen Projects

Ground rules. Red square for floor hockey and nigger sports,  2015
Wooden flooring
Frames Dimensions: 96 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 2 5/8 inches

Like Space on A Page, 2017
Bound Jet magazines, steel shelves
8 1/4 x 169 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches

West Side Story, 2017
Bound Jet magazines, steel shelves
8 1/4 x 169 7/8 x 6 3/8 inches

3 day ritual to overcome the anxiety of displacement and appropriation, 2016
Glazed ceramic
17 1/2 x 14 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches

Left: Progress Mill, 2017
Right: Mountain Aura, 2017
Latex and acrylic on aluminum panel
Each: 72 x 49 inches

Painting Genre with Employed Turtles, 2017
Latex and acrylic on aluminum panel
72 x 49 inches

Frenzied Nego Adventures with Red, 2017
Latex and Acrylic on aluminum panel
72 x 49 inches

Sans Blue, 2016
Fire hose, wood
60 1/8 x 80 1/4 x 7 5/8 inches

The language of color: a name, a person and a statistic.

Red as a color rhymes with read (past tense of reading). What's black and white and read all over?

Readymade: abutments of vertically oriented objects (sections) that become horizontal when grouped together. Symbolic unions except when vertical emphasis appears, for example,  from a gymnasium floor, the markings of a basketball court, referencing a game itself that emphasizes verticality.

Some unformed thoughts about Rauschenberg's Combines and Judd's Specific Objects also come to mind. Physical objects that confronted from the front appear flat, from an angle dimension, volume, time. The discrepancy between surface appearances (judging books by covers, for example) seems apropos to consider alongside depth in whatever dimension along such axes.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Altor Lajarin "Crickets" @ Heritage Square Museum

For this exhibition, I was reminded just how much work can either by absorbed by or conversely activate a space, dependent on situation within the site, itself a long list of non-neutral signs.