Acclaimed London-based artist John Stezaker is known for his photographic collage works, that draw on the artist’s immense archive of mid-twentieth century cinema memorabilia, agency head-shots, postcards and photobooks. In a practice built over several decades, Stezaker splices together diverse visions, conjoining male and female faces along sharp diagonal seams, or placing scenic Romantic landscape postcards directly over the expressions of unknown actors. Using the remnants of the film industry to revitalise the power of the static image, insisting on the dynamism of the single frame and of the silent picture.Read More
Read in a time of post-lens imaging, Stezaker’s works recall Surrealist techniques and the form of modern political satire; appearing first as relics from Hollywood’s golden era, and not without some nostalgia. However these fabricated portraits of an obsolete glamour speak directly to a contemporary experience of fragmentation and illegibility, becoming reminders of the impossibility of the image to communicate.
He was awarded the 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize; and held a major survey exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Gallery in 2011.
Four works from Tess Jaray's seminal Serpentine survey are being brought together for Artissima by Karsten Schubert London.Read More Ocula Conversation John Stezaker By Stephanie Bailey, London
I'm obviously an image fetishist, and the desire in image fetishism relies on seeing the image as a whole as well as seeing both into it and through it.Read More
The Biennale of Sydney has announced the Neilson Foundation as its inaugural Principal Patron following a major donation by the Foundation to the Biennale. According to the Biennale, the landmark funding partnership will provide a significant boost to the event ahead of its 20th edition in 2016. The Neilson Foundation was established in 2007 by...Read More Related Press Mirrorcity: Glimpsing The Digital Revolution 21 November 2014, Apollo magazine / 12 November 2014
If mirrors were once considered to be portals into different realities, today’s mirror is the digital world. Almost everything has a digital component: scan a barcode or download an app to get information, wear a bracelet to track your health, use a hashtag to follow the conversation. As we build a ‘digital mirror-city that echoes our...Read More