In 2010 Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus initiated a growing archive of photos deemed “too hard to keep.” T.H.T.K. (Too Hard to Keep) is a place for photographs, photo-objects, and even digital files to exist when they are too difficult to hold on to, yet too meaningful to destroy. Participants have dictated whether the photographs submitted to the archive may be shown freely with other pieces of the archive, or if they are only to be displayed face down, adding to the charged significance of each object. Out of this expanding collection site-specific installations occur. With T.H.T.K. (Syracuse) Lazarus shares a slice of the larger archive alongside anonymous local submissions in a carefully considered installation at Light Work.
The exhibition will be on view April 4 – May 31, 2013. A reception will be held April 4 from 5-7 pm, with a gallery talk from the artist at 5pm. More info TBA.
Interested in submitting to T.H.T.K. (Syracuse)?
Drop off your photo(s) anonymously in the drop box located at Light Work prior to and during the length of the exhibition. Photographic objects and albums are also accepted, and can be left at the front desk.
If you are not local and would like to submit to the archive, please mail your prints or objects in an envelope addressed to Light Work, ATTN: Too Hard to Keep, 316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse, NY, 13244.
To be considered for exhibition or publication, submissions should be dropped or arrive at Light Work by Friday, February 22.
For digital submissions, follow the instructions at toohardtokeep.blogspot.com