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.
Recent solo exhibitions include: 2015: The Projectionist, The Approach, London, UK; Collages, Fotomuseum Nederlands, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 2014: New Silkscreens, Petzel Gallery, New York, USA; John Stezaker, Centre de la Photographie Genève, Geneva, Switzerland; Crossing Over, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany; John Stezaker: Working from the Collection, Les Rencontres Arles Photographie, Arles, France; John Stezaker: One on One, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; Blind, The Approach, London, UK; Nude and Landscape, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA. 2012: Galerie Gisela Captain, Cologne, Germany; John Stezaker, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, USA; Marriage, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA. 2011: John Stezaker, The Whitechapel Gallery, London, touring to MUDAM, Luxembourg and Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA; John Stezaker, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York. 2010: John Stezaker: Silkscreens, Capitain Petzel, Berlin; Lost Images, Kunstverein Freiburg; Tabula Rasa, The Approach, London.
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.
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