Whitechapel Gallery – John Stezaker

Today after finishing work at 4 I cycled home and stopped off on my way back at the Whitechapel gallery, no idea what was on but in desperate need of  some creative inspiration to get my juices flowing…

There was a John Stezaker exhibition (which I just found out finished the day after so I was luck to see it) and I was quite keen on his work.

Here are a few of my favourites:
Pair IV, John Stezaker, 2007
Fumetti, John Stezaker

He is “fascinated by the lure of images. Taking classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations, Stezaker makes collages to give old images a new meaning. By adjusting, inverting and slicing separate pictures together to create unique new works of art, Stezaker explores the subversive force of found images….”

Marriage (Film poster...), John Stezaker, 2010

He “turns publicity portraits into cut-out silhouettes, creating an ambiguous presence in the place of the absent celebrity. His way of giving old images a new context reaches its height in the found images of his Third Person Archive: the artist has removed delicate, haunting figures from the margins of obsolete travel illustrations. Presented as images on their own, they now take the centre stage of our attention…

I was keen on the simple but effective nature of his work, it is maybe a simple initial concept but when the various variations are all shown together it’s a lovely collection of delicate but powerful work. Some worked better than others, sometime you saw it instantly others took time to understand. I can’t find an image of it but one of my favourites was an image of a male and female body coming together as one (half and half), they were strangely similiar, both beautiful, it was hard to tell the difference!

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Whitechapel Gallery – John Stezaker

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