Pastimes: new works by Roger Sayre
July 14th - August 25th, 2006
Pastimes, the latest project from conceptual artist Roger Sayre, is a study concerned with chess board strategy patterns and the shadows cast by the game's standard design Staunton pieces. Long preoccupied with the malleable properties of light and its oft surprising resulting effect, the artist, through Pastimes, conjures the memory of the optical sense. From a distance the spectator registers one ocular pigmented image. By stepping closer to the work, the viewer experiences a distinctive visual language. Mr. Sayre's scientific interest, controlled engineering practice and subtle aesthetic expression are uniquely captured through the traditional medium of photography.
A moving light installation by Mr. Sayre, Shadows on Scrim, is presently on view from dusk to dawn at Cooke Contemporary (Jersey City). A wall installation of found polaroids, Missing, is also on exhibit at the Jersey Museum of Art (NJ). In 2005, a solo exhibition of Mr. Sayre's work, Sitting (one hour portraits), an investigation of the process of slow-exposure, took place at PhotoNewburgh (Newburgh, NY).
Mr. Sayre, as artist and curator, is the recipient of numerous grants. His work has been exhibited internationally. He lives and works in Jersey City.