A good work of art can impress upon first sight. An even better work of art follows you out of the gallery and keeps you thinking weeks after the gallery visit.
Frick Byers‘ Tennis Courts affects the latter’s subterranean magic where it is on view at Sam Lee Gallery in Chinatown through March 31st, 2012. Unassuming photographic studies of dilapidated and often almost invisible tennis courts turn out to be a subtle visual paradigm shift. The images are straightforward and unapologetic in lushness. The compositions are rigorous. Byers maintains “I situated myself on the center mark of the baseline and used the same camera, film and tripod height for all the photographs.”
Thus, the serial nature of a body of work is rooted in repetition and consistency. Fortunately the content is as malleable as the process is rigid. Byers’ work whispers and does not preach. The powerful subtext is that leisure time is being eroded out of the American socioeconomic landscape. Also possibly at fault, and adding to the dialogue, is the ascendance of team sports to the detriment of individual player sports. These photos have a lot to say. Listen for longer than the time it takes to view them. Sam Lee Gallery consistently proves to be a valuable destination for well crafted art with intellect and resonance.
Frick Byers, Tennis Courts at Sam Lee Gallery through March 31st, 2012.
-Mario M. Muller, LA, 3/19/12
also by Mario M. Muller
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- Roy Dowell at Various Small Fires - October 14th, 2013
- Leon Benn at Carter & Citizen - September 13th, 2013