John Stezaker Untitled 1978–9

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John Stezaker born 1949
Date 1978–9
Medium Silkscreen and acrylic paint on 2 canvases
Dimensions Support: 1220 x 1865 mm
Acquisition Purchased 2012

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The source for the image presented by this two-part silkscreen painting is an Italian magazine that used photographs and a comic-strip format to present romantic stories. The head has been characteristically isolated by Stezaker amid an otherwise blank field of colour, in the same way that it has been removed from an unspecified narrative. For Stezaker, it is the viewer’s reading of the man’s gaze that provides the work with subject. The banality of the source-image is self-consciously theatricalised by the black monochromatic field that holds it, as Stezaker has explained, as a ‘trap for the gaze.’

October 2013

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