Jason Lazarus, United States Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Afterimage Study), 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago.
Mia DiMeo/ Nick Harkin
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ARTIST JASON LAZARUS RELEASES FILM PROJECT AND
EXHIBIT CATALOG DURING RUN OF SOLO SHOW AT MCA CHICAGO,
MARCH 19–JUNE 18, 2013
The exhibition is organized around three key components. The first is Untitled (2013), a new project that Lazarus refers to as "a parable of learning." Inspired by his experiences as an artist-educator, and reflecting on his own process of learning, failing, and persevering, Lazarus presents weekly performances by a student of classical piano who is learning Frédéric Chopin's Nocturne in F minor, op. 55, no. 1 over the course of the exhibition. By making public and visible the personal process of learning, viewers bear witness to the very act of learning as it happens in real time.
Chicago—The interdisciplinary practice of Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus will be in full effect this spring, as he opens his second solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Jason Lazarus.
A noted photographer and conceptual artist, as well as a curator, writer and educator, Lazarus’ work has been exhibited internationally and is in major collections including the MCA, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bank of America LaSalle Photography Collection, and the Milwaukee Museum of Art, among others. He received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2003 and is the recipient of the John Guttman Photography Fellowship, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. He is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
On April 18, Lazarus and co-creator Eric Fleischauer will debut their feature length 16mm film comprised entirely of animated GIFS, twohundredfiftysixcolors, at the Gene Siskel Fillm Center. April will also mark the publishing date of the release of Jason Lazarus: Your Time Is Gonna Come, a book that documents Lazarus’ work with essays by fellow curators and artists, including Michelle Grabner, who was recently appointed curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Jason Lazarus is represented by: Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago. To learn more about Lazarus, visit jasonlazarus.com.
BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Jason Lazarus
at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Mar 19–Jun 18, 2013
Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus returns for his second solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago as his practice continues to develop in new directions. Known for his photographic works, Lazarus has expanded his artistic range, merging the role of artist with that of collector, archivist, and curator. Above all, Lazarus is a sign-maker — sometimes literally, sometimes metaphorically — whose works simultaneously direct attention inward toward the personal and outward toward the historical. BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Jason Lazarus is on view March 19 to June 18, 2013, and is curated by Steven L. Bridges, MCA Curatorial Assistant.
Tues 4-7 p.m.
Thurs 4-5 p.m.
Sat 1-4 p.m.
Sun 1-4 p.m.
The second component, Phase 1/Live Archive (2011-present), is an ever-growing collection of Occupy Wall Street signs, re-created from images culled from print and online media. Lazarus makes these signs collaboratively with the public in workshops that he facilitates, and allows visitors to choose from a selection of signs to carry as they explore the museum. This invitation to use and re-use the signs represents a shift in Lazarus's interest in the ways an archive is activated, and reformulates the archive's relationship to history and its accumulation of historical value.
In the third part of the exhibition, Lazarus debuts new works using photography-related media that continue to question the intersection of the public and private, the mundane and the historically significant. The different strategies employed by Lazarus simultaneously assert, disrupt, and question how photographs can provide alternate ways to consider the value and meaning of images in an image-laden culture.
The BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works exhibition series showcases the best new work being made in Chicago, regardless of the status of the artist's career, whether emerging or established, mid-career or undergoing reinvention.
Gallery Talk: Jason Lazarus
Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m., Free with suggested museum admission
Jason Lazarus provides insights into his practice and exhibition, followed by a tour and conversation in the galleries.
Workshop: Jason Lazarus Phase I/Live Archive
Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m., Free with suggested museum admission
Artist Jason Lazarus conducts a workshop in connection with his exhibition. Participants re-create signs from media images of the Occupy Wall Street movement and those signs are then added to the artist's ever-growing "living archive."
Tuesday, April 30, noon, Free for Illinois residents
Steven Bridges, MCA Curatorial Assistant, leads a tour of Jason Lazarus' exhibition.
For more information regarding exhibits at the MCA, contact Karla Loring, MCA Director of Media Relations at email@example.com and 312.397.3828, or visit http://www.mcachicago.org/media.
World premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center
Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m,
2013, Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus,
USA, ca. 72 min.
Crafted from thousands of animated GIFs (the file format used to create simple, looping animations online) “twohundredfiftysixcolors” is an expansive and revealing portrait of what has become a zeitgeist medium. Once used primarily as an internet page signpost, the file type has evolved into a nimble and ubiquitous tool for pop-cultural memes, self-expression, and considered artistic gestures. Chicago-based artists Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus chart the GIF’s evolution, its connections to early cinema, and its contemporary cultural and aesthetic possibilities, archiving this particular moment in the history of the motion picture and internet culture and reflecting on the future of both.
Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus will be present for audience discussion.
Jason Lazarus: Your Time Is Gonna Come
Published by the University Galleries of Illinois State University
Jason Lazarus: Your Time Is Gonna Come documents Lazarus’ work alongside essays by Kendra Paitz, Barry Blinderman, Nicholas Wylie, and Michelle Grabner. Lazarus is known for using both traditionally developed photography as well as found and solicited images and texts in collaborative installations. Encompassing work from nine years of Lazarus’ career, the catalogue includes “Too Hard to Keep,” an ongoing archive through which he preserves photographs too emotionally charged to keep, yet too meaningful to destroy.
A book signing event will occur mid-April, with details to be announced at a future date.
Pre-orders of the book are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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