202-456-1111

202-456-1111

In 202-456-1111, Jason Lazarus presents his largest works to date in a continuing series started in March 2017 of unique photograms, each hand-applied with photo developer, stop bath, and photo fix chemicals on various types of fiber and resin coated paper and utilizing various lighting exposure techniques. The artist paints this sequence of numbers, typically dialed to reach the White House, over and over in the near pitch-black of the darkroom. The results of this process are at times distinct & legible, nebulous & abstract, colorful & dynamic, dark & brooding, and capture the liquidity of the photographic medium. In the artist’s own words: ‘Since January 20th, 2017, the White House phone number has been alternately disconnected, overburdened, under-serviced, and duplicitous. The heterogeneous process and materials used to create these works employ a deliberate speed akin to protest sign making. The message must be produced at the risk of neatness, clarity, consistency, and, sometimes, visibility. The White House phone number, serially repeated and emptied of meaning, transpose into a generic surrogate for any type of public resistance, as well as the bodies of precarity implicated by the current regime.’

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