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, August 30, 2018

"POETIC STRUCTURE: ART + ENGINEERING + ARCHITECTURE – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP" @ Schindler House

Atelier Peter Zumthor
LACMA: Building for the Permanent Collection, design as of April 2017

Jean Nouvel, LACMA proposal, 2001

The two images directly above are of Jean Nouvel's LACMA proposal from 2001. They were not part of this exhibition; I just found myself thinking about Nouvel's proposal (as I also do from time to time)  in the context of this exhibition here. I thought that Nouvel did a nice job of proposing the integration of past and present elements with an eye for the future; it doesn't take much to get above the skyline to appreciate the expanse that is Los Angeles, and his rooftop sculpture garden would have done well and then some.  Alas, a community too quick to strike the set quickly rather than deal with the the real challenges of organic growth continues to bury history even as LACMA's current site strives to become uncovered, at least geologically speaking. But I digress... And so much has changed in almost twenty years.

Discrete... Continuum...

Underwear, cod pieces or roof structures?

Sometimes it's also not difficult to take notice of certain elements of the Schindler House, perhaps heightened either by the exhibition or by the luminous moment in time.  Here, the patina on the brass flashing for a built-in fireplace served as an attraction/distraction/palette cleanser for an otherwise monotone and controlled, entirely didactic architectural exhibition based on the "poetic structure" of such areas.  I wasn't able to capture the poetics within the framework of the exhibition itself per se, but rather, again, by its contrast with the Schindler House itself. Sometimes, the exhibitions housed within the Schindler house integrate and amplify one another; sometimes they don't.  I suppose grimy hands and handprints is a gray area to this concern...

And here are a few exterior shots of the Schindler house, a reminder that some structures are less vulnerable to the Los Angeles, architectural fashion changes That said, the buildings on either side (likely inspired directly/indirectly by the Schindler House) loom in such a crowding way, which is to say that even those as generative as this one are not entirely beyond encroach, thankfully not obliteration in this instance.

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