yesterday, my father and i made an outing to downtown LA to see the “Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974” show. together, we’ve got a handful of experiences with some of the more iconic land art in the US. the show was good, but to be honest, it left the feeling of a mosquito bite that needed to be scratched. there were some cool displays expalining how certain pieces were made by Cristo, or a really cool ‘television interference’ piece where the guy somehow cut in 1-2sec clips of himself sinking a foot or so into the ground every few minutes on broadcast television. talk about subversive. but overall, it’s a tough thing to walk out of feeling really satiated unless you’re a proper art scholar.
bob and i needed to see the real thing. like we had before.
the top photo is my dad taking in Michael Heizer’s ‘Levitated Mass’ at the LACMA yesterday. the bottom photo is my dad reading the WSJ at Michael Heizer’s “Double Negative” in Nevada in 2010. we’d made dinner, had a scotch and spent the night there one spring evening. it was magical.
Michael Heizer is man, who in my imagination, takes ‘No Quarter’. a real maverick of his medium, and a real man. maybe some day i’ll get to make a portrait of him . .. or just shake his hand.