British artist John Stezaker is known for his distinctive, often deceptively simple, collages.
Resolutely analogue in a digital era, Stezaker works with scalpel and glue, slicing images and joining them together in new configurations. Collage, he says, is about ‘stuff that has lost its immediate relationship with the world’ and involves ‘a yearning for a lost world’. He works from a vast personal archive of out-of-date images – mostly old film stills, vintage actor head shots and antique postcards. Curated by Robert Leonard, Lost World brings together forty collages dating from 2006 to 2016, as well as five poignant found-object-sculptures: a selection of antique mannequin hands, offering a repertoire of gestures. There’s also a film, Crowd, which presents hundreds of film stills of crowd scenes, each for one frame only, in a bewildering blur.
This exhibition tours to Christchurch Art Gallery from City Gallery Wellington. Courtesy of The Approach, London
- Curator: Robert Leonard
- Exhibition number: 1049
Contemporary Art Partner
Made from long-forgotten film stills, old actor headshots and vintage postcards, British artist John Stezaker’s collages conjure a new world from their ‘lost world’.
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John Stezaker is an English conceptual artist, acknowledged as a significant influence on the YBA generation. He has been working since the mid-1970s, while achieving international acclaim for his work in the past fifteen years. His exhibition Lost World opens at Christchurch Art Gallery in March 2018. He spoke to senior curator Lara Strongman on a visit to Aotearoa New Zealand in August 2017.