1. Jason Lazarus: Too Hard to Keep (Syracuse)


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    Jason Lazarus: Too Hard to Keep (Syracuse) April 4 – May 31, 2013 Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery at Light Work Gallery Talk: Thursday, April 4, 5pm Reception: Thursday, April 4, 5-7pm — In 2010 Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus initiated a growing archive of photos deemed “too hard to keep.” T.H.T.K. (Too Hard to Keep) is a place for photographs, photo-objects, and even digital files to exist when they are too difficult to hold on to, yet too meaningful to destroy. Participants have dictated whether the photographs submitted to the archive may be shown freely with other pieces of the archive, or if they are only to be displayed face down, adding to the charged significance of each object. Out of this expanding collection site-specific installations occur. With T.H.T.K. (Syracuse) Lazarus shares a slice of the larger archive alongside anonymous local submissions in a carefully considered installation at Light Work. http://lg.ht/10taTHO — Jason Lazarus is a Chicago-based artist, curator, writer, and educator who received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2003. Lazarus has actively exhibited around the country and abroad while teaching photography at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Selected exhibition highlights include Black Is, Black Aint at the Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL; Image Search at PPOW Gallery, New York, NY; On the Scene at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; and solo exhibitions at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Kaune, Sudendorf, Cologne, Germany; and D3 Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Notable honors include the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, 2010; an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship award, 2009; the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, Emerging Artist, 2008; and the Emerging Artist Artadia Grant, 2006. His work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Bank of America LaSalle Photography collection, among many others. Lazarus is represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL. www.jasonlazarus.com — Interested in submitting to the T.H.T.K. archive? Drop off your print anonymously in the drop box located at Light Work prior to and during the length of the exhibition. If you are not local, you can submit to the artist directly by following the instructions at http://toohardtokeep.blogspot.com — Special thanks to Azhar Chougle http://youforgotmyname.com Light Work http://lightwork.org

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    • SF Camerawork presents Jason Lazarus


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      T.H.T.K. (San Francisco) January 16—March 16, 2013 In 2010 Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus initiated an archive of photographs deemed “too hard to keep” so that there would be a repository for these kinds of images to exist without being destroyed. Submissions include a variety of photographic material: photographs, photo albums, slides, negatives, and/or photo objects depicting friends, family, pets, interiors, and landscapes. Lazarus encourages donors to the archive to indicate whether the submitted materials are not to be shown again or may be exhibited and published in the future alongside other submissions. Stating the reason why one can no longer keep the images and remaining anonymous is optional. Since October 2010 SF Camerawork has hosted a drop box to collect donations to forward to Lazarus. The archive is estimated to hold more than 3,000 photographs and has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe. This exhibition is its West Coast debut. SF Camerawork will host an artist talk and reception in its gallery on Sat, Feb 16 at 6:00 pm. In July 2013, SF Camerawork Publications will release a 64-page monograph of this project with a text by scholar Abigail Solomon-Godeau. For more information on this exhibition please visit: sfcamerawork.org or to learn how you can participate: toohardtokeep.blogspot.com

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      • Jan Tichy in Conversation with Jason Lazarus and Faheem Majeed


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        Exhibiting artist Jan Tichy, along with artists and curators Jason Lazarus and Faheem Majeed will have a conversation on artistic practices that deal with collecting and collections. Jan Tichy works at the intersection of video, sculpture, architecture, sound and photography; many of his works combine these elements. Several of Tichy’s projects, like the exhibition 1979:1 —2012:21: Jan Tichy Works with the MoCP Collection, involve collaborations with museums including the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT; and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago, where Tichy engages and creates works inspired by the institutions’ collections, histories, and practices. Held at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, November 13, 2012 In conjunction with the exhibition "1979:1 —2012:21: Jan Tichy Works with the MoCP Collection."

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        • Too Hard to Keep (Liege, Belgium)


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          installation for the Biennial of Photography and Visual Art "Images of Love, Love of the Image" 2012

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