John Stezaker: Love
- A Conceptual artist, Stezaker's distinctive collages separate him from many of his contemporaries and mark him as artist not easily defined by terms like either "abstract" or "figurative" art. They're both and neither
- Explores the place of love, desire, eroticism and voyeurism in Stezaker's distinctive spliced photographic works, as well as engaging with notions of fragmentation, enigma and dream
- Stezaker is known for using recognisable images from the twentieth-century mass media – old Hollywood photos, head shots, film stills and postcards – but turning the viewer's expectations on their head through unexpected juxtapositions and interventions
Stripped of their typical narrative and commercial contexts, the fragmented collages of this collection act as visually tantalizing ciphers, reflecting the desires and imaginings of the beholder.’ – Jennie Waldow, Brooklyn Rail
This beautifully illustrated catalogue showcases works by British artist John Stezaker made between 1976 and 2017 and brought together in the 2018 show “Love” at The Approach, London.
Stezaker is celebrated for his distinctive collage works: interruptions of, and interventions into, found images dating mostly from the mid-20th century – products of modernist culture such as film stills, press and publicity photographs, magazines and postcards. His works engage with themes such as psychological archetypes, fragmentation, identity, self and other, desire, inscrutability and enigma, glamour, fantasy, dreams and the gaze.
A sense of romance pervades Stezaker’s imagery. As demonstrated most dramatically by the artist’s ‘Love’ series (2016), his work seduces and ensnares the viewer’s gaze, arresting their perceptual expectations. Disquieting, poetic, compelling, glamorous and strange, the anatomies of love and desire comprising ‘Love’ resemble a visual encyclopaedia of human consciousness. Featuring essays by Michael Bracewell and Craig Burnett.
- 17th Mar 2022
- Paperback / softback
- World excluding USA & Canada
- 269.88 mm x 225.43 mm
- 96 Pages
- 80 color