Archaeology with Geoff

All the imaginary people at Notes on Looking land searching the archive for interesting pieces of yellowing paper. Link to the source of this photo "Curled Up With a Book" A San Francisco bibliophiles blog.

All the imaginary people at Notes on Looking land searching the archive for interesting pieces of yellowing paper. Link to the source of this photo "Curled Up With a Book" A San Francisco bibliophiles blog.

Hello Nice Ones Who Read NoL,

I’ve been publishing these notes since January, 2007 – in one form or another. I’ve posted about the current LA art scene (at whatever time I’m writing) and I’ve told you pertinent bits of information from the past, when I’m able. Always I’ve done this writing with one eye to the future: I’m hopeful that Notes on Looking can become a sort of archive – completely subjective, deeply informed by my own findings – driven by my own curiousity. I’m an autodidact in the art world, a world I’m completely convinced that each of us makes up as we go along.

When I began looking and listening I would hear edges of things from other people. Brief moments of shared experience, sometimes years after the fact or circumstance. These edges and moments have become my mythology – from the accumulation of these bits and my own experiences I built many of my own broken, very human narratives of history, my notions of excellence,  my faith in facts and my cheerful disavowal of that same faith. All of us – the artists, curators, writers and thinkers I talk about are the fascinating denizens of this Olympus we call the LA art community.

In the next few weeks I’ll be re-posting some Notes from the past. (Basically from January 2010 and backwards) I’ll place them at the home page of the blog for a while so please be aware of dates as you read. Later on, when I’m satisfied that I remember again all the great stuff from 2009, 2008, etc. I’ll file the posts in chronological order so ‘sense’ will be made. One kind of sense, that is. It seems like memory and history happen all at once – in a way the holes in my own memory mirror the holes in my understanding of the present.

I hope you enjoy some of these meanderings. As always – and perhaps I haven’t stressed this enough – I write to learn as much as to teach. We each are making this all up. Please – share your thoughts and experiences. We all want to hear them. One person’s story, one man’s view of events are just – not enough.

Thanks always for reading, we all look forward to hearing from you.

Geoff Tuck

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