Skateboarding teens are at the center of one of Meskhi’s recent photographic series, “Satellites at Night.” The project features mid-scale color and black-and-white photographs displayed in light boxes scattered around a darkened exhibition space. To move through the space is to navigate this field of glowing images, which serve as the only points of light in the room. Meskhi slows down time to an instant here, capturing the rushing skaters in crisp images colored by the soft blues of the sea and sky that backs them.
Taken from farther away, another photograph shows a boy testing his mettle against a scattering of obstacles on what looks like an airport landing strip in the middle of nowhere in a vast landscape. There’s a sunny, faded quality to the color that, combined with the subject matter, recalls a Southern California landscape, circa 1975—in all its bohemian abandon. Scenes of nature punctuate those of skateboarding. In one, bubbles float whimsically over the tops of tall grasses, as fleeting as the adolescence on full display nearby.