By Bill Keith
Revisiting territory covered in his 2002 monograph, Gymnasium, Luke Smalley goes back to his native Pennsylvania with Exercise at Home (Twin Palms, $50) to capture images of barely legal boys posed in bygone-era sporting tableaux, which remind us why we were able to sit through Hoosiers so many times growing up.
Though it�s unclear how Smalley chose the book�s title�none of the images appear to be taken in a home; they look more like they were snapped at a camp or in a gym�his subject selection and staging are anything but arbitrary. Each model (found locally by Smalley) is physically evocative of another time and adequately fills out his period short-shorts, and the lighting falls somewhere between Edward Hopper and Steven Meisel�s infamous basement porn�themed Calvin Klein ads. We never would have skipped sports to sneak smokes if the guys had looked this good.