Bosi Contemporary is pleased to present The Stadium by Jon Plasse, a debut exhibition in New York City, 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 and its demolition in 2009. Plasse returned to the site to photograph the current 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 and recreate these moments from a childlike perspective. These compositions include the perspective of a young fan looking up at the towering walls of the stadium; walking through the cavernous hallways and seeing the grass and infield dirt; waiting expectantly for one of his stars to hit his 500th home run; and leaving the stadium, eyes ground ward, after witnessing a loss by his team.
The images are both human and relatable and present the shared experience of going to a game. Plasse portrays intimate instances in which the Stadium often has a stillness to it; as noted by The New Yorker, Plasse’s “camera is focused less on the game itself and more on the atmosphere the game creates.”
Jon Plasse is a fine arts photographer, as well as a long time Yankee fan. 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. A presentation of The Stadium was exhibited at Binghamton University in April 2013. Jon Plasse lives in New York City.