Arena

2002-2005 (selected works)

As in sub rosa and Liquid City, these images are not characterized by stasis, randomly snatched as they often are from low-resolution moving pictures. Degraded and imprecise, they reinforce our sense of being outside the boundaries of normal reality. The artist again harnesses the powerful associations of the mimetic image while always working to subvert the documentary quality of photography. Here, too, the approach approximates the vivid but indistinct quality of the fantasies and nightmares that play nightly in the private theaters of our minds.

— Katherine Ware, from her essay in the book Labyrinth of Desire: Work by Frank Rodick.

Click here to read Frank Rodick's essay on the series Arena, which consists of 26 works, including single images, diptychs, triptychs, and polyptychs.