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, April 13, 2018

James Crosby "Forms Between" @ team (bungalow)

Abstraction, 2018
Acrylic, vulcanized rubber, cotton hoodies, rapid expanding foam
28 x 40 x 46 inches

the Garrett Morgan safety hood allowing the wearer to breathe in a hostile environment, 2018
Fabricated coat/hat rack, heavy canvas, plexiglass (sic)
36 x 72 x 6 inches

It's not always clear, in the moment or later, why something resonates.  Lights and darks commingle as light itself in and around the space as well as in and around each object.  They are inseparable with respect the thing itself and its metaphor.  At the time, I thought nothing (itself yet another kind of absence/non/darkness).  In hindsight, I thought of David Hammon's "In the Hood (Gray)." See below or  here for more details.

David Hammons
In the Hood (Gray), 2016
Athletic sweatshirt hood, wire, monofilament

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