Commissioned by Chicago’s Wright Auction House to have free run of the premises and take whatever pictures in whatever ways they pleased, emerging photographers Jason Lazarus and Brian Ulrich each chose to engage in the play with his distinctive signature style. Indifferent to surroundings and passionate about concepts—as long as they are subversive—Lazarus brought in his “favorite” image of Marilyn Monroe (dressed as a distaff Mao), got on the floor on his belly and snapped himself hiding behind the large print with only his hands visible. Ever the renegade documentarian preoccupied with the plethora of things, Ulrich went to a back storage room and came out with a shot of a thicket of lamps pointing in every which way at every angle, waiting to grace the excessively ordered display showroom that he also faithfully recorded. (Michael Weinstein)
Through August 3 at City Gallery, 806 N. Michigan.