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Elad Lassry

b. 1977, Israel

Untitled (Turtle), 2017

C-Print, wire, walnut frame

63.5 x 53.3 x 15.2 cm

Elad Lassry's works represent an ongoing exploration of the question: What is the meaning of a picture?

In this instance, Untitled (Turtle) is an image of a turtle held in an unidentified person's hands. It is an unassuming choice of subject and perspective, if not for the root-like structures emerging from the image.

Lassry’s choice to leave the work untitled without any commentary on its reasoning, process, or execution, was deliberate. This disruption of traditional expectations of a photographic work, through the alienation of its subject from conventional subtext, prompts a deeper reconsideration of our approach to visual representations: What does this picture lose, or even gain, from this process of decontextualisation?

Photo: Katherine Mcmahon

Elad Lassry (b. 1977, Israel)

Elad Lassry is a Los Angeles-based Israeli artist best known for his boundary-pushing approach to photography. By integrating sculpture with photography and other materials, and through manipulating found images, he challenges established definitions of photography and what a picture can be. His works prompt viewers to engage with images in unconventional ways and to reconsider how visual language is constructed, making him an important figure in the ongoing evolution of the photographic medium.

Lassry studied film and attained his BFA at the California Institute of the Arts and his MFA at the University of Southern California. He has held numerous solo exhibitions including at the Art Institute of Chicago, Kunsthalle Zürich, and the Whitney Museum of American Art among others, and his work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions internationally.

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