T.H.T.K. (86 Photographs)
May 16 - August 25, 2014
The Department of Art in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University is pleased to announce T.H.T.K (86 Photographs), an exhibition by Jason Lazarus. The show opens in Biggin Gallery on Monday, May 16, and runs through August 25. The artist will present a lecture on his work on Monday, August 25 at 5 p.m. in Biggin 005, with a public reception to follow from 6 – 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public, and Biggin Gallery is wheelchair accessible.
In 2010, Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus initiated a growing archive of photos deemed “too hard to keep.” T.H.T.K. (2010 - Present) is a place for photographs, photo-objects and photo-ephemera to exist when they are too difficult to hold on to, yet too meaningful to destroy. Participants dictate whether the photographs submitted to the archive may be exhibited freely with other submissions to the archive, or if they are only to be displayed image-side-down.
This iteration of the project, T.H.T.K. (86 Photographs)–conceived especially for Biggin Gallery–presents a recent, anonymous submission of 86 photographs to the project. In keeping with the tradition of the project, the images are presented without context, and are further edited down by the artist during installation (the unused images from the submission are stored in a box mounted at the north end of the gallery).
Jason Lazarus (born 1975) is a Chicago based artist, curator, writer, and educator who received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2003. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in several notable 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. Selected recent solo exhibitions include Jason Lazarus: Chicago Works at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Live Archive at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and THTK (Toronto) at Gallery TPW in Toronto, CA. Other major exhibitions include Black is, Black ain’t at the Renaissance Society, Love to Love You at MASS MoCA, On the Scene at the Art Institute of Chicago, Not the Way You Remembered at the Queens Museum of Art, Image Search at PPOW Gallery in NYC, Michael Jackson Doesn’t Quit, Part 3 at the Future Gallery, Berlin, Self Portrait as an Artist at Kaune Sudendorf in Cologne, Germany, and Tiny Vices at Studio Bee in Tokyo, Japan. Lazarus is represented by Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago.
Our mission is to present a stimulating, innovative program of exhibitions, lectures and special events that: develop understanding of artist expression in all its diversity; encourage cultural and intellectual awareness within the academic and civic communities; and, complement the Department of art curriculum while contributing to the broader goals of the College of Liberal Arts and Auburn University.
Last Updated: February 21, 2014