By Elliot J. Reichert
As the truism goes, you sometimes don’t know what you’re missing until you lose it. I’ve been feeling that often these days for reasons both personal and professional. Last week, I barely made it to Jason Lazarus’ exhibition at Andrew Rafacz Gallery before it closed over the weekend. A Chicago ex-pat best known for his “Too Hard to Keep” photography series of mailed-in photos from anonymous senders who could not bear to hold on to their most painful snapshots, Lazarus left us last year to take a professorship teaching photography at the University of South Florida. Months later, he converted his new garage into an exhibition space that has already hosted shows by the enigmatic Chicago collagist Thomas Kong and former Chicagoan Ben Fain, whose graphically oversaturated twenty-first-century masterworks are showing through early June at Iceberg Projects, Daniel Berger’s backyard gallery project in Rogers Park.