British Conceptual artist John Stezaker (b. 1949) is known for his distinctive, often deceptively simple, collages. He has been making art since the 1970s, but achieved prominence relatively recently.
In 2011, he had a retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and, in 2012, he won the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, even though he does not take photographs.
Stezaker says collage is about stuff that has lost its immediate relationship with the world and involves a yearning for a lost world. A collector, he works from an archive of out-of-date imagesmostly old film stills, vintage actor head shots, and antique postcards. These images come in standard sizes and are highly conventionalisedall variations on themes.
Art critic David Campany says, Stezaker is drawn to that very slim space between convention and idiosyncrasy.
In addition to collages, Lost World includes poignant found-object-sculptures: a selection of antique mannequin hands, offering a repertoire of gestures. Theres also a film, Crowd, presenting hundreds of film stills of crowd scenes, each for one frame only, in a bewildering blur.
Accompanies the touring exhibition, John Stezaker: Lost World City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand (26 August 19 November 2017), Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (9 December 2017 4 March 2018), Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand (24 March 22 July 2018), and Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (21 September 4 November 2018).
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