Christopher Bye’s documentation of abandonment and its inherent dismay dissect mysteries of what once existed. Each form embodies an untold story via previously used items, pieces that no longer serve purposes and are therefore estranged from their owners. Stories surface through these discarded environs; fields, deserts, and ghost towns become forgotten and weathered. As the progression of time and neglect take their toll, the house, barn, or business begins to bend and dismantle, giving way to nature’s unremorseful impression. Lapses of time become apparent and the buildings’ features become characteristically inhospitable, like a defense mechanism learned from past missteps. Bye conveys an uneasy sense of accompaniment upon penetrating these places, as though the decades of misuse are manifested within the bones of the building. Although distraught and unused, a certain moment of connection can be attained solely through observation. A scent of spreading mildew in the nostrils, a pitch of wind piercing broken windows – like puppets, shredded wallpaper dangles from tattered roots and calendars still hang from years past. In this exhibition, Bye aims to document the progression of place before demise.

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