Elad Lassry: Constructed Color

I can’t believe it has been just about a week since my last post.. shame on me! Without making excuses for my absence I’ll say two words: midterms, thesis…enough said. This week certainly flew by in a blink of an eye, but I do have a wonderful artist to share with you. While writing a thesis paper about my own artwork and its connections to the art world both historic and contemporary, my professor suggested I take a look at Israeli-American artist Elad Lassry; I am sure glad I did because I fell immediately in love with his amazing work.

Lassry’s photographs consisting of both staged still lifes and collaged materials, are immediately striking for their bright, saturated, gorgeous color. However, unlike traditional photography Lassry’s works sway between two and three dimensions and cannot be singularly defined; on one hand they are flat photographs and on the other hand they sculptural objects. The colored frames used by Lassry transcend their original role of  ‘framing’ becoming part of the photograph toying with our perception of actual and virtual space.

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Circles and Squares (A Tasteful Organic Melons Arrangement) 2 , 2007, c-print, painted frame

Ambiguity surrounds the images Lassry creates and appropriates. His assemblages take on a Constructivist appearance, with strong emphasis on geometry, color, and form. Colored bars cover identities of subjects, and everyday items such as steak become aesthetic objects; their original context is now unimportant as they exist in Lassry’s fabricated world.

Lassry’s images deliberately feel similar, as if the artist were evoking history while simultaneously eliminated any traces of its origins.

Elad Lassry, born in Tel Aviv, currently lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in many international exhibitions, including solo shows at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (2010), and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2009) and was part of  the 54th Venice Biennale, International Pavilion. Lassry’s work was recently exhibited as part of the High Line Billboard series at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue from August 1 – September 7, 2012.

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Women (065, 055), 2012, High Line Billboard, High Line Art, New York, NY

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Persian Cucumbers, Shuk Hakarmel, 2008, c-print, painted frame, 9.5 x 11 x 1.5 inches (24.1 x 27.9 x 3.8 cm)

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Collie (Sky), 2012, (detail) foil on offset prints on paper, painted frames, painted metal poles, ceramic beads, ribbons, 25 x 111 x 14.25 inches (63.5 x 281.9 x 36.2 cm), unique

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Olive Oil, Artichoke, 2011, offset print on paper, painted frame, 12 x 8.5 x 1.5 inches (30.5 x 21.6 x 3.8 cm), unique

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Yellow Plinth, Wave Length, 2008, silver gelatin print on c-print, painted frame, 14 x 11 x 1.5 inches (35.6 x 27.9 x 3.8 cm), unique

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Laminated Structure (For Test and Heart), 2009, paper on c-print, painted frame, 14 x 11 x 1.5 inches (35.6 x 27.9 x 3.8 cm), unique

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Meat and Onions, 2010, c-print, painted frame, 11 x 14 x 1.5 inches (27.9 x 35.6 x 3.8 cm)

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Squirrel, 2012, c-print, painted frame, 14.5 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches (36.8 x 29.2 x 3.8 cm)

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Mushrooms, 2011, c-print, painted frame, 14.5 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches (36.8 x 29.2 x 3.8 cm)

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Deer, 2010, silkscreen print on magazine paper, walnut frame, 14.5 x 11 x 1.5 inches (36.8 x 27.9 x 3.8 cm), unique

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Boston Shoulder Roasts, 2012, c-print, painted frame, 14 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (36.8 x 29.2 x 3.8 cm)

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Cherries, Raspberries, Blackberries (White), 2010, c-print, painted frame, 14.5 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches (36.8 x 29.2 x 3.8 cm)

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Candles, 2010, c-print, painted frame, 14.5 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches (36.8 x 29.2 x 3.8 cm)

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Untitled (Two Purple Bars), 2010, foil on c-print, painted frame, 8 x 10 x 1.5 inches (20.3 x 25.4 x 3.8 cm), unique

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Laminated Structure (For Audience), 2011, silver gelatin print on c-print, painted frame, 14.5 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches (36.8 x 29.2 x 3.8 cm), unique

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Portrait, Navy Blue, 2008, silkscreen on magazine page, painted frame, 10 x 8 x 1.5 inches (25.4 x 20.3 x 3.8 cm), unique

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Crescents, 2012, c-print, painted frame, 14.5 x 11.5 x 1.5 inches (36.8 x 29.2 x 3.8 cm)

{David Kordansky Gallery}

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