Elad Lassry: Sum of Limited Views

Sep 10, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011

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The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents a new exhibition by Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based artist Elad Lassry. Featuring new and recent works, this exhibition will be the artist’s first major museum monograph in the United States.

Elad Lassry makes intimate, framed photographs that slip effortlessly between genres and iconographies—capturing plastic still-lives, uncanny publicity portraits, collages, animals, and landscapes, all to hyper-stylized effect. Each isolated subject is cloistered within saturated fields of color, and while his pictures might possess a sense of distant familiarity, further context is often erased from view. Despite their extreme realism, these toothsome vegetables, sunny faces, and pristine products are overwhelmed by their own formal properties. Vivid objects dissolve into backdrop, folding into bold combinations of color, shape, and pattern, and merge representation with abstraction. Thoroughly familiar and blank at the same time, Lassry’s compositions move beyond the simple category of “photography” and ask us to reconsider the way we look at pictures.

Lassry’s work exists between stillness and movement, where static photographs sustain a sense of fleeting motion. The potential for an image to become unfixed is equally relevant to the artist’s practice as a filmmaker. Capturing an elegant dancer, a zebra, or an actor performing empty gestures, Lassry’s short 16mm films explore the suspension of moving bodies in space. Sum of Limited Views features over thirty photographs and a selection of films, where—through layered exposures, a staccato rhythm of colors, or the abstraction of moving bodies­—the works possess a magnetic but unstable hold on our vision as “unstill” still lives.

Elad Lassry is curated by Anthony Huberman and Laura Fried and organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Sponsors

Elad Lassry: Sum of Limited Views is generously supported by Carlo Bronzini, Artis – Contemporary Israeli Art Fund, and Bob Rennie. Special thanks to David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles.

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. The Contemporary’s exhibitions, programming, and operations are member supported and privately funded through contributions from generous individuals, corporations, public funders, and foundations. Additional General Exhibition support is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Regional Arts Commission; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.