John Stezaker at SAIC

09.03.09

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John Stezaker
Wednesday, September 9th at 6pm
Columbus Auditorium (2nd Floor)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
280 So. Columbus Drive

John Stezaker is the first visiting artist to deliver a public lecture in our 2009-2010 academic year.  This event is part of the Parlor Room visiting artist/curator’s lecture series in the SAIC Photography Department.

John Stezaker’s work re-examines various relationships to the photographic image: as documentation of truth, purveyor of memory, and symbol of modern culture. In his collages, Stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as ‘readymades’. Through his elegant juxtapositions, Stezaker adopts the content and contexts of the original images to convey his own witty and poignant meanings.

John Stezaker has been highly influential in the key artistic developments of the last three decades, from Conceptual Art, New Image Art, through to the re-emergence of collage. As a leading figure of the British Conceptual Art group, Stezaker showed in the first Hayward Annual of 1972 called ‘The New Art,’ but his conceptual interests soon gave way to what can now be seen as a long-term fascination with the image. Using found photographs and printed material, Stezaker involves various techniques in these collages, such as removals, maskings, reparations, rotations and visual concordances. While juxtaposing disparate sources his work creates compelling new images, relationships and characters…. Stezaker was born 1949 in Worcester and lives and works in London.
(Text taken from the Saatchi Gallery Website)

– via The Parlor Room

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