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Since the 1970s, the celebrated artist John Stezaker (b. 1949) has created distinctive collages using found photographs and illustrated ephemera, particularly mid twentieth-century film stills, press and publicity portraits. His minimal, but impactful interventions in these works – cutting out, slicing and splicing images – create uncanny and psychologically charged results, which challenge our ways of seeing and interpreting images.
In a display at the National Portrait Gallery, new and other previously unseen collages by Stezaker, and a specially produced film, Marriage (2018), are currently on show (until 1 September 2019). Featuring hundreds of publicity portraits of actors and actresses screened at twenty-four frames per second, the film references the film industry’s standard projection rate for creating the optical illusion of movement, while the lack of visual continuity between the disparate faces creates the perception of fragmentation and disjuncture that characterise Stezaker’s collages.
In connection with the display, the Gallery will be hosting an In Conversation event between Stezaker and Professor Margaret Iversen, Emeritus Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex on 21 June 2019 at 7pm in Room 20 on the Second Floor. More details can be found here: https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/friday-lates/in-conversation-21062019
Please note that there are currently some issues with the online ticketing system, so if you would like to book tickets, call +44 (0)20 7306 0055.
For more information about the display, visit: https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/2019/john-stezaker-portrait
Image: Gothic Portrait (2019) by John Stezaker
Courtesy of the artist and The Approach, London
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