Ralls Painting Studio
Free and open to the public
Info: Chris Nickel, firstname.lastname@example.org, 510.594.3718
From depictions of himself sliding nude into a hotel pool, to the pastoral scenes of his grandmother’s wallpaper, the loose cohesion of Jason Lazarus’s series 2004-Present is atypically broad and ranging. The aberration is fitting for an approach that proves consistently dubious of the art world and its workings.
Some of the pictures reference particular artists (alluding to the myth and mystery surrounding Bas Jan Ader, for instance) and some poke fun at art galleries and museums, while still others mix the personal with the performative as Lazarus considers from many angles just what it means to make art or be an artist.
Lazarus’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in major collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bank of America LaSalle Photography Collection, and the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and has received multiple grants from the Illinois Art Council.
Solo exhibitions include Recordings at D3 Projects in Los Angeles; Orion over Baghdad at Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago; Your Time is Gonna Come at Illinois State University, and an upcoming solo exhibition in the spring of 2013 at the MCA Chicago -- BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Jason Lazarus.
Lazarus recently became the codirector of Chicago Artist Writers, a new art criticism platform. Upcoming projects include a feature-length 16mm film composed entirely of animated GIFS, called twohundredfiftysixcolors.
Born in Kansas City, Lazarus studied marketing at DePaul University (BA, 1998) and photography at Columbia College Chicago (MFA, 2003) and is currently an assistant adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute and an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago.