John Stezaker

presented by The approach

September 11, 2015 - October 24, 2015

John Stezaker at Independent Régence 2015. Photo: Isabelle Arthuis

John Stezaker at Independent Régence 2015. Photo: Isabelle Arthuis

John Stezaker at Independent Régence 2015. Photo: Isabelle Arthuis

John Stezaker at Independent Régence 2015. Photo: Isabelle Arthuis

John Stezaker at Independent Régence 2015. Photo: Isabelle Arthuis

Press Release

John Stezaker
at Independent Régence


Rue de la Régence 67 1000
Brussels, Belgium
Fall 2015

 

The Approach in association with Independent Régence is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in Belgium by British artist John Stezaker.

Stezaker has been influential to a number of developments in art over the last three decades, from Conceptual art to Appropriation art, through to the re-emergence of collage. Using found photographs and printed material, Stezaker’s collages involve various interventions such as excisions, maskings, cuts, rotations and visual concordances. Juxtaposing disparate sources, his work creates compelling new images. The writer and curator Michael Bracewell recently wrote, “Disquieting, poetic, compelling, romantic, inscrutable, glamorous and strange, Stezaker’s re-arrangement and intervention into the virtually infinite resource of mass imagery conflates aesthetics, psychology, cultural and visual theory. In this, his work resembles nothing less than a visual encyclopaedia of human consciousness – a ‘lectio divina’ of semiotics, creating both new experiences of looking and seeing, and enabling renewed understanding of artists and thinkers as diverse as Baudelaire, Jung and Warhol.”

For the solo exhibition at Independent Régence, Stezaker will show for the first time a combination of collages and found objects. Hands of figures in historic film stills and actors’ promotional material feature in many of Stezaker’s collages, a part of the human body often seen but rarely considered. Using discarded hands from display mannequins as his sculptural subject matter, Stezaker re-appropriates their original use and function by presenting them in a new, revised context. Here both found image and object engage in a sensory interplay, exploring touch as a visual motif.

John Stezaker (b. 1949, Worcester, UK) has shown extensively internationally and won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2012. The work is represented in museum collections including Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; MUDAM, Luxembourg; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. Stezaker lives and works in London.