Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Luke Smalley: Exercise at Home

Luke Smalley: Exercise at Home at Wessel & O'Connor Fine Art in Brooklyn, NY. "...Done in and around the northwestern Pennsylvania town he still calls home, Smalley revisits themes of adolescent growing pains acted out under the guise of earnest athleticism. Teenagers compete in simple yet strange competitions meant to establish their standings amongst one another. Two youths practice boating safety procedures on a small craft that happens to be indoors, have a psychological game of tug of war with a mid evil looking apparatus on their heads, and practice swimming strokes while lying on a gym floor. As in the past, the photographer has painstakingly coordinated the creation of the work presented here, often making his own athletic equipment, props, and costumes."


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