This catalogue showcases works by John Stezaker made by the artist between 1976 and 2017 and brought together in the exhibition Love (The Approach, London, 2018). They share and exemplify Stezaker’s iconic interruptions of, and interventions into, found images, which mostly date from the mid-twentieth century and as such are products of modernist culture: notably film stills, press and publicity photographs, magazines and postcards. In making his art, Stezaker employs technical devices that correspond to the figures and tropes in the poetic-scientific anatomies of love and desire proposed, for example, by Stendhal’s De l’amour (1822) and A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (1977) by Roland Barthes. In so doing, his works engage with psychological archetypes, fragmentation, ‘re-seeing’, occlusion, desire, transmutation, enchantment, voyeurism, elusiveness, eroticism, inscrutability and enigma, heightened romance, glamour, fantasy, dreams and, most significantly perhaps, the gaze.
This catalogue features essays by Michael Bracewell and Craig Burnett.
Published by Ridinghouse, 2018.
Soft cover; 270mm x 225mm; 96 pages; Color illustrations.