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.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Joe Ray "Complexion Constellation" @ Diane Rosenstein

In Space, 1980
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
86 3/16 x 40 1/8 inches

New Eye, 1969
Cast resin and Plexiglas
7 x 11 x 11 inches

Crescent, 1969
Paint on Plexiglas and paper
15 5/8 x 12 3/4 inches

Lowell Darling, Tony Ramos, and Joe Ray
The Green Hotel Performance, 1972
Ten vintage gelatin silver prints
14 x 11 inches each

Untitled, 1970-72
Thirty-one gelatin silver prints
55 x 51 x 1 1/2 inches

Flaming Star Nebula #1, 2017
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
96 x 60 inches

Becoming Ms. Burton, 2017
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
96 x 60 inches

Rings and Spheres, 1980-83
Cast Resin
5 x 110 x 11 1/2 inches 

Fields to the Yard (#1-23), 2014
Printers ink, silver gelatin print, inkjet print on paper
26 3/8 x 22 3/8 inches

Art Is Energy, 1979
Ink, tape, paper
11 x 14 inches

I like how Joe Ray allows me to think about the word race in so many ways.
Human Race(s) (color)
Space Race / Race to the moon
Arms Race (energy)

Historical Speed... (development and expansion)

A constellation of color(s) that is/are complex... Complexion is complex. So, "Complexion Constellation" is not only an apropos title for this exhibition in so many ways and a painting that combines process-oriented mark-making with language, but also apropos for life more universally, once, now, and forever.

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