Stezaker, John
'Mask LXIV' is from an ongoing series of collages collectively called Masks. Since the 1970s John Stezaker has made collages using a narrow range of source material: he has amassed an unparalleled archive of film stills and studio portraits from the 1930s onwards. Stezaker overlays postcards of rural English scenes on the faces of the actors, producing frequently unsettling visual correspondences between the line of a cheek and a rocky outcrop, a fine stand of trees with the profusion of starlet's hair. Rather than a reaction in the viewers subconscious, in the manner of 20th century Surrealist practice, Stezaker's aim is an interruption in our unconscious consumption of images in a media-saturated age.
  • Artwork Details: Image, 25 x 18.5cm
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  • Material description: collage
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Medium: Collage
  • Accession number: ACC22/2007



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