Elad Lassry

BARRELS, BOTTLES, GLASSES
2011
c-print and walnut frame
14 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches
edition 1 of 5 + 2 AP

Israeli-born, LA-based artist Elad Lassry tests our perception and understanding of images as a framework for knowledge. In Barrels, Bottles, Glasses, Lassry uses an allover composition of liquor motifs often associated with bars and pubs. The lack of central focus and the use of pattern call to mind architectural surfaces and surroundings (ie: wallpaper, upholstery, or signage). And yet, when Lassry removes these objects from any context, our understanding of them dissolves, and we are forced to question why we categorize them as pattern, image, photograph, or picture. Lassry’s work was recently featured in ILLUMInations, the International Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, and was the subject of solo exhibitions at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo; Fondazione Galleria Civica, Trento; and The Kitchen, New York. Solo exhibitions have also been held at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland; the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; and Tramway, Glasgow.

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courtesy of the artist, david kordansky gallery, los angeles; and 303 gallery, new york
gallery websites: www.davidkordanskygallery.com, www.303gallery.com