Jon Plasse: The Stadium
48 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Exhibition on view: April 9–April 19, 2014
Opening reception with the artist: Wednesday, April 9, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Bosi Contemporary is pleased to present The Stadium by Jon Plasse, a debut New York City exhibition, featuring photographs of the original Yankee Stadium. The show’s emotionally charged images highlight Plasse’s frequent visits to Yankee Stadium in the last years of its existence, between 2004 – 2008, and include images of its demolition in 2009. Plasse returned to the site to photograph the baseball diamonds that rest in the shadows of the new Yankee Stadium in 2013. The Stadium is a fitting tribute to one of baseball’s most storied icons, and the opening of the exhibition corresponds with the beginning of the 2014 baseball season.
The black and white photographs recall Plasse’s own childhood memories of going to Yankee games with his father. They recreate these moments from a childlike perspective, with images that are both human and relatable, conjuring up the shared experience of going to a game. As noted by The New Yorker, Plasse’s “camera is focused less on the game itself and more on the atmosphere the game creates.”
The photographs recapture memorable times of Plasse’s youth, and the importance of the sport resonates throughout. The compositions reveal varying perspectives of a young fan: looking up at the towering walls of the stadium, bathed in sunlight in anticipation of entering the ballpark; walking through the cavernous hallways and seeing the expansive green grass and smooth infield dirt; waiting expectantly for one of his stars to hit his 500th home run; and leaving the stadium, eyes groundward, after witnessing a loss by his team.
Jon Plasse is a longtime Yankee fan, as well as a fine arts photographer. His work focuses on the remembering or recapturing of a special time, place or experience. His books include, “The Stadium,” a series of images of the original Yankee Stadium, published by SUNY Press in 2011; and, “The Light Remains,” a series of images of his mother and her Long Island home. Mr. Plasse lives in New York City.
BOSI Contemporary was founded by art dealer Sandro Bosi and opened its Lower East Side location in 2011. The gallery focuses on creating a dynamic space for artists, and other art practitioners, to realize their vision and establish a platform for discourse that will nurture a thoughtful and creative community as well as attract new audiences. International in scope, the gallery exhibits and communicates the work of both emerging and well-established artists, selected for their unique aesthetic language and fascinating vision.