Elad Lassry

Artist lecture Thursday, April 12, 2018 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco CA, 94107
Elad Lassry, Untitled (Eggs), 2013.

Israeli-born Elad Lassry defines his practice as consumed with “pictures”—generic images gathered from vintage picture magazines and film archives. He mines the visual culture of still and motion pictures, engaging traditions of story-building with images and the ghosts of history that linger with images long after they have been withdrawn from their original contexts.

Lassry challenges the means by which a work is structured visually. His pictures—still lifes, photocollages, and studio portraits of friends and celebrities—never exceed the dimensions of a magazine page or spread and are displayed in frames that take their colors from the dominant hues in the photographs. Lassry’s pictures are created from his own studio-based photographs as well as appropriated imagery. Though his use of pop-culture subject matter makes his works appear as straightforward as commercial photography, they are often more complex, comprised of double exposures, blurs, or the superimposition of multiple negatives. By positioning his photographic works as entities that operate simultaneously as objects and images, he shifts viewers’ relationships to these artworks and invites a broader examination of how photographs are seen and understood.

Lassry received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia and MFA the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He has exhibited widely at institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Kunsthalle Zürich; and Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan. Lassry lives and works in Los Angeles.

Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.

Larry Sultan Photography Award

Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.