Published in 2012, On Onions is a combination “photographic study” by Elad Lassry (arranged by Stuart Bailey) and essay by Angie Keefer. For those unfamiliar with Lassry’s work, he is an Israeli born artist known mostly for photographic work that reflects (refracts?) the staid flatness of commercial photography. Portraiture, object study, or still life, his images seem an amalgamation of the three, often highlighted by vibrant colors and his trademark use of matching painted frame. This is a good example of his work. So is this.
With On Onions (Primary Information), his first artist book, Lassry combines images of onions—white, red, sweet, pearl; cut into a variety of shapes—together with images relating to the human eye, photographed in frank and uncomplicated arrangements. These images of sliced and diced onions presented alongside images of prosthetic eyes, colored lenses and close-ups of human retinas both invite and frustrate meaning and context. Other than their unifying aesthetic quality, what is it exactly Lassry is implying by combining these objects? Fortunately, we have Angie Keefer’s essay ... continue reading