LAWRENCE JASUD: KULCHER
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art / 3715 Central Ave. September 6 - October 11th
This retrospective exhibition is drawn from over three decades of photography by Lawrence Jasud. From amusement parks and carnivals to barbeque competitions, Jasud’s work explores the interstices of American popular culture and its various subcultures. His visually dense photographs are an ongoing exploration of spectacle and excess, an investigation of places and the people that inhabit them. Jasud’s position is one of ambivalence and enthusiasm—embracing and enticed by the people and places he shoots, but at times also dispirited and appalled. Inherent in the work is the confounding juxtaposition of kitsch and the near-spiritual aesthetic the artist creates in his compositions using long exposures, multiple exposures and other techniques.
Lawrence Jasud (American, born 1942) was born in Chicago. He received a B.S. from Southern Illinois University in 1969 and an M.A. from Ohio State University in 1980. Since 1981, Jasud has lived and worked in Memphis, Tennessee, where he taught at The University of Memphis from 1981 to 2015.