John Stezaker :: The Whitworth Gallery

This week I visited Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery. There was a mixture of Stezaker’s practices on display in this exhibition, including his projects, ‘Masks’ and ‘Untitled’. They both make use of mixed-media, and his way of appropriating imagery to mean something they don’t originally.

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‘Untitled’ was a piece that definitely appealed to me, because of the way that he has used well-known imagery of famous cinematic faces, to then incorporate couples together by slicing them, then placing them on top of one another. This is something I have particularly found interesting to look as an influential guidance throughout my personal work, because of the profile that is introduced with these portrait images.

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This piece of work, is something I have already investigated in with previous practices of my own work, however looking at it in this context, is something I have found even more appealing. This is due to the framing and arrangement for the images themselves, in a way to work as a flowing piece of work. He seems to find the perfect pieces to put together and create a new meaning for imagery, even with the portraiture photographs. However, in ‘Masks’ this is what the work is doing, by using a mixture of postcards and found imagery, he creates new foreground for imagery and their narrative behind it. 

The Whitworth Gallery

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