The Upstate New York Olympics, an excerpt

The Upstate New York Olympics

The Upstate New York Olympics is Tim Davis’ attempt to make art while playing sports. Exploring his local Hudson Valley landscape, Davis invents new sporting events, like the “Lawn Jockey Leap Frog,” the “Trash Day Knife Toss,” or the “Compost Freestyle” and then performs them for the video camera. Shot in HD video with the exactness of his still photographs, the actual events are sincere attempts to interact with and underseen landscape and comic commentary on the arbitrariness of the actual Olympics. Davis acts like an athlete but doesn’t look like one and these games often involve a healthy amount of trespassing instead of overblown pomp and circumstance.