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April 18 – twohundredfiftysixcolors

Posted by | Raven Munsell | Posted on | April 12, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m. Eric Fleischauer & Jason Lazarus in person!
World Premiere!

Still from twohundredfiftysixcolors (Eric Fleischauer & Jason Lazarus, 2013). Courtesy of the artists

Still from twohundredfiftysixcolors (Eric Fleischauer & Jason Lazarus, 2013). Courtesy of the artists

Crafted from thousands of animated GIFs (the file format used to create simple, looping animations online) twohundredfiftysixcolors is an expansive and revealing portrait of what has become a zeitgeist medium. Once used primarily as an internet page signpost, the file type has evolved into a nimble and ubiquitous tool for pop-cultural memes, self-expression, and considered artistic gestures. Chicago-based artists Eric Fleischauer and Jason Lazarus chart the GIF’s evolution, its connections to early cinema, and its contemporary cultural and aesthetic possibilities, archiving this particular moment in the history of the motion picture and internet culture and reflecting on the future of both. 2013, Eric Fleischauer & Jason Lazarus, digital file, 97 min + discussion.

ERIC FLEISCHAUER (b. 1977, Buffalo, NY) is a Chicago–based artist, curator, and educator working in video, film, and digital mediums. Fleischauer utilizes conceptually–driven production strategies in order to examine the ramifications of technology’s expansive influence on both the individual and cultural sphere. His work has been exhibited at venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, threewalls, Interstate Projects, Rooftop Films, Microscope Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Kunstmuseum Bonn, and is included in the Midwest Photographer’s Project collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Currently he teaches in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 JASON LAZARUS (1975, Kansas City, MO) is a Chicago-based artist, curator, educator, and writer. His practice includes photography, public archive projects, and the exploration of notions of impossibility as a medium. In 2012, cofounded Chicago Artist Writers (with Sofia Leiby), a new art criticism platform encouraging traditional and experimental art criticism by young studio artists. Lazarus’s work has been exhibited internationally and is in major collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Museum of Art among others. He is the recipient of the John Guttman Photography Fellowship, a Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship. He is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chicago Reader on twohundredfiftysixcolors