Inside/Outside/In borrows formal elements from Dan Graham’s 1975 performance, Performer/ Audience/Mirror, and in a surrealist, often comic manner, adding personal elements including Egon Schiele's drawing "The Artist and His Model", 1910, engages Graham's earlier formal reflections on "seeing" with more liminal psychic elements of myth, memory, history, dream, fantasy and desire. Dan Graham, the gallery space, provides an architectural container and a provocative memory of Dan Graham the artist, generating a displacement between artist, history, space, and viewer. Dan Graham the artist is a muse here, a participant in memory. The interior of Dan Graham gallery is extended out into the street with an arrangement of chairs for an audience who bring with them their spent worlds, perceptions and projections. Together we engage.
In 1975, when Dan created performer/audience/mirror, I was 24 years old and just becoming aware of the fluid relationships between phenomenology, psychology, political context, and social relations. Dan Graham, the space, is full of the memory and resonance of Dan Graham the artist, especially enhanced by my personal friendship with Dan over many years. Even the fact that Dan Graham the space is located in Chinatown, Los Angeles, is meaningful to me as in the 1980's I often met Dan Graham the artist in Chinatown, New York City.
Dorit Cypis C 2010