ARTIST:

John Stezaker

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John Stezaker
Marriage I, 2006
Collage
23.5 x 28.5 cm

John Stezaker’s work re-examines the various relationships to the photographic image: as documentation of truth, purveyor of memory, and symbol of modern culture. In his collages, Stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as ‘readymades’. Through his elegant juxtapositions, Stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images to convey his own witty and poignant meanings.

In his Marriage series, Stezaker focuses on the concept of portraiture, both as art historical genre and public identity. Using publicity shots of classic film stars, Stezaker splices and overlaps famous faces, creating hybrid ‘icons’ that dissociate the familiar to create sensations of the uncanny. Coupling male and female identity into unified characters, Stezaker points to a disjointed harmony, where the irreconciliation of difference both complements and detracts from the whole. In his correlated images, personalities (and our idealisations of them) become ancillary and empty, rendered abject through their magnified flaws and struggle for visual dominance.

In using stylistic images from Hollywood’s golden era, Stezaker both temporally and conceptually engages with his interest in Surrealism. Placed in contemporary context, his portraits retain their aura of glamour, whilst simultaneously operating as exotic ‘artefacts’ of an obsolete culture. Similar to the photos of ‘primitivism’ published in George Bataille’s Documents, Stezaker’s portraits celebrate the grotesque, rendering the romance with modernism equally compelling and perverse.

John Stezaker
Fold X, 2009
Collage
29.5 x 37 cm

John Stezaker
Marriage L, 2007
Collage
26 x 20.32 cm

John Stezaker
She (Film Portrait Collage) III, 2008
Collage
26.1 x 27.5 cm

John Stezaker
Visitation, 2006
Collage
44 x 61 cm

John Stezaker
She (Film Portrait Collage) V, 2007
Collage
27.2 x 22.5 cm

John Stezaker
Marriage IV, 2006
Collage
29.5 x 24 cm

John Stezaker
Marriage VIII, 2006
Collage
29 x 24 cm

John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XXXI, 2007
Collage
28.6 x 23 cm

John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XXVIII, 2007
Collage
29.6 x 23.8 cm

John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XXVII, 2007
Collage
26.5 x 19.6 cm

John Stezaker
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) XLV, 2007
collage
25.5 x 20.5 cm

John Stezaker
Blind I, 2006
Collage
23.2 x 18.7 cm

John Stezaker
Old Mask I, 2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm

John Stezaker
Old Mask II, 2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm

John Stezaker
Old Mask III, 2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm

John Stezaker
Old Mask IV, 2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm

John Stezaker
Old Mask V, 2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm

John Stezaker
Old Mask VI, 2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm

John Stezaker
Old Mask VII, 2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm

John Stezaker
Old Mask VIII, 2006
Collage
24.5 x 19.5 cm

John Stezaker
Mask XXIX, 2006
Collage
23.5 x 19 cm

John Stezaker
He (Film Portrait Collage) II, 2008
Collage
25 x 19.3 cm

John Stezaker
He (Film Portrait Collage) III, 2008
Collage
26.6 x 20.4 cm

John Stezaker
Shadow IV, 2006
Collage
55 x 40 x 5 cm

John Stezaker
Shadow VI, 2006
Collage
24.2 x 18.4 cm

John Stezaker
Sense II, 2006
Collage
20.6 x 25.4 cm

John Stezaker
Untitled XXVI, 2007
Collage
29.5 x 18.6 cm

John Stezaker
Untitled XXII, 2007
Collage
25.4 x 20 cm

John Stezaker
Mask C, 2008
Collage
26 x 20.4 cm

John Stezaker
Mask CII, 2011
Collage
22.8 x 19 cm

Text by William A Ewing

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