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Elad Lassry

Cherry and Martin

In his confident solo debut, elliptically titled “She Takes These Pictures of His Wife Silhouetted on a Hillside,” young Los Angeles–based artist Elad Lassry subtly intimated an understanding of the differing codes of commercial and fine art photography and played along the complex contours of that border. Most of Lassry’s photographs seem overly familiar—if difficult to place precisely—and in fact several works in the show are found images. In Joanne and Trace, No Distractions, B2 (all works 2007), for example, a double-page spread of a mother and baby from Life magazine from 1970 is silk-screened to obscure the text and simply framed: Rather than rephotographing the image (to raise issues of authorship) or removing the text in Photoshop (to render the image “seamless”), he seems content to present the image mostly as is. The silk-screening transforms the text into colored

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