Additional information on John Stezaker theapproach.co.uk
John Stezaker has been centrally influential in a number of developments in art over the last three decades; from Conceptual Art; New Image Art through to the contemporary interest in collage. Showing first as a part of the British Conceptual Art group in 'The New Art', 1972 (The first Hayward Annual), Stezaker's interest in the concept soon gave way to a long-term dedication to the image, finding new aesthetic allegiances with the image through working with found photographs. tate.org.uk
John Stezaker is fascinated by the power of images and questions the authority of pictures found in books, magazines, postcards and encyclopaedias by directly intervening into their ordinary status. Through the handcrafted act of splicing together, inverting, or simply adjusting an image Stezaker embarks upon 'a process that cuts it off from its disappearance into the everyday world'.findarticles.com
John Stezaker at The Approach, Art in America by Mark Harris
Combining early and late work, John Stezaker's first solo show in almost a decade revealed how effectively his intimate photographs reenergize the modernist fascination with an urban uncanny. Presented in a freestanding display case were examples from his "Third Person Archive," which was begun in 1976. Here Stezaker, who was born in 1949, presents enlargements of human figures from John Hammerton's 1920s encyclopedia, Countries of the World. rca.ac.uk
John Stezaker is an artist of both national and international reputation. He was one of the first generation of British Conceptual artists exhibiting in the late â€˜60s and early â€˜70s, including the â€˜New Artâ€™ show of 1972 at the Hayward Gallery in London. During the â€˜70s, he was one of the pioneers of British photo-art, exhibiting widely in Britain and Europe in group and solo shows, as well as both the Venice and Paris Biennials.