Exhibitions

John Stezaker | Collages

09.10.18 - 03.11.18

Starkwhite is pleased to present John Stezaker: Collages from 9 October to 3 November 2018, in association with The Approach, London.  

John Stezaker is a celebrated British conceptual artist known for deceptively simple collages that introduce unlikely contrapositions. Drawing on old film stills, old actor headshots and even older postcards, Stezaker makes collages that subvert their original imagery, creating unique and compelling works of art.

Over the course of his career John Stezaker has consistently deployed the power and irreverence of the readymade. Much of his material comes from the golden age of image making and distribution – cinema, advertising’s heyday, the rise of personal cameras, and affordable tourism. Fascinated early on by 1970s Spanish photo romans – popular love stories told through a sequence of photographs and accompanying speech bubbles similar to a comic strip – Stezaker began collecting such magazines and discovering a deep fascination for these generic images. In Stezaker’s collages glossy Hollywood starlets are spliced with landscapes or find half their face colonised by grafted masculine features in often raw encounters. In other images, voids appear creating more ambiguous imaginary narratives and directing our attention to what has been removed and from where. “There is something very odd, even unnerving about cutting through a photograph,” Stezaker says. “It sometimes feels like I am cutting though flesh.”

Stezaker’s collages pose elegant but uncanny connections between disparate genres. Through repetition, fragmentation, and superimposition, he disrupts existing narratives and instead offers disjointed, dreamlike scenarios. While the juxtapositions may seem intentionally ambivalent and contradictory, an unlikely narrative emerges. Landscapes become suggestive of the psyche of the individual or pair of lovers partly obscured beneath.  Images of dark caves, plunging waterfalls, or idyllic vistas allude to the unconscious and suggest a complex emotional landscape underpinning the portraits. By adjusting, inverting and slicing separate pictures together to create unique new works of art, Stezaker explores the subversive force of found images. “I resist subordinating the image to any concept of legible use. My aim is to free it, to let it reveal itself from behind the cloak of familiarity” he comments.

Fascinated by the lure of images, Stezaker’s four-decade long career has foreshadowed many of the concerns of our current time. His collages exaggerate, subvert and challenge received notions of glamour, gender, and celebrity. His work re-examines relationships to the photographic image: as documentation of truth, purveyor of memory, and symbol of modern culture. In an era of photoshop, fake news, and image-led social media platforms, we increasingly live in a world more saturated with and controlled by images than ever before. Stezaker’s collages know this and draw attention to the ways in which images compel their own interpretations scantly mediated by truth, language, or logic.

Stezaker’s work was first introduced to New Zealand audiences through the 2017 exhibition John Stezaker: Lost World at the City Gallery, Wellington. Curated by Robert Leonard, the exhibition was also shown at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu. His exhibition at Starkwhite is the first time his work has been available to New Zealand collectors.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Love, The Approach, London, UK (2018); John Stezaker, Withworth Gallery, Manchester, UK (2017-2018); Lost World, City Gallery Wellington, NZ, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch, NZ, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia (2017-2018); The Voyeur: Photoroman Collages, 1976-79, Petzel Gallery, New York, USA (2017), Sublime Smoke, Lisa Oppenheimer & John Stezaker, The Annex, London, UK (2017); Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape: An Exhibition Curated by John Stezaker, York Art Gallery, York, UK (2017); John Stezaker: Horse, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2017); John Stezaker, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, UK (2016); John Stezaker and Marcel Broodthaers, Gallery Sofie Van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium (2016).

Recent group exhibitions include: Picture Fiction,MCA Chicago, USA (2018); Doodle & Disegno, Blain Southern, Berlin, Germany (2018); A Murmur of History, DE LEON, Bath, UK (2018); Journeys with ‘The Wasteland’, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2018); Fotofest 2018, Houston Biennial, Houston, Texas, USA (2018); The Still Point of the Turning World. Between Photography and Film, FOMU, Antwerp, Belgium (2017); A Green and Pleasant Land British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK (2017); The Trick Brain, Aishti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon (2017); 20 Years, The Approach, London UK (2017); Power Masks. The Power of Masks, Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2017); Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK (2017); Artists and Postcards, Musee de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium (2017); Blackout: Richard Hamilton, Carlo Mollino, John Stezaker, Ibid, Los Angeles, USA (2017); Fully Awake, Blip Blip Blip Gallery, Leeds, UK (2017); Cannibalism? On Appropriation in Art, Sachet, Warsaw, Poland (2017); The End of Collage, Luxembourg & Dayan, London and New York (2017); Flesh, York Art Gallery, York, UK (2016-17); Revolt of the Sage, Blain|Southern, London, UK (2016); The Stolen Image, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (2016); Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd: Running a Picture Gallery, Chelsea Space, London, UK (2016); Turning to See: from Van Dyck to Lucien Freud, curated by John Stezaker, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, UK (2016); Collage: Moving Beyond Paper, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2016); On the Immense and Numberless, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen , Denmark (2016); Terrain: Land Into Art, Hestercombe House & Gardens, Taunton, UK (2016); Fractured, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, China (2016).

Exhibitions

Current

Past

John Reynolds | Some Greater Plan (for Claire)

04.06 - 06.07

Fiona Pardington | Te taha o te rangi

16.04 - 25.05

Gordon Walters | History

09.02 - 31.03

Whitney Bedford, Bill Henson, Ani O'Neill, Jonny Niesche, and Fiona Pardington | Sampler 2024

09.02 - 31.03

Jamie Te Heuheu | Quiet Thoughts and Quiet Dreams

23.11.23 - 13.01.24

Bill Henson | The Liquid Night

23.11.23 - 31.01.24

Bonco | Star Stare Start

20.10.23 - 19.11.23

Clinton Watkins | Depth of Field

20.10.23 - 19.11.23

Gordon Walters by Francis Pound | Book Launch

14.09.23

Curated by Jonny Niesche | Ümwelt

01.09.23 - 07.10.23

Richard Maloy | Raw

27.07.23 - 27.08.23

Petra Cortright | micro lemon diamond realm

07.07.23 - 26.08.23

Jonny Niesche | You say sfumato, I say sfumato

12.05.23 - 27.06.23

Billy Apple® | Divine Proportion

23.02.23 - 08.04.23

Gerold Miller, Gordon Walters | Miller meets Walters

08.12.23 - 31.01.23

FuckCancer_DontDelayFun | Blind Auction

27.10.22 - 05.11.22

John Reynolds | APOCALYPSEoCLOCK

21.10.22 - 01.12.22

Whitney Bedford | Imaginary

30.08.22 - 15.10.22

Seung Yul Oh | Huggong-Monologue

09.07.22 - 20.08.22

Gerold Miller

01.06.22 - 02.07.22

Bill Henson | Selected Works

30.04.22 - 29.05.22

Layla Rudneva-Mckay | I Roll

15.02.22 - 19.03.22

Fiona Pardington | Tarota

16.11.21 – 18.12.21

Fiona Pardington | Tarota Preview

05.10.21 – 07.10.21

Jan van der Ploeg | The Other Window

17.08.21 – 12.10.21

Laith McGregor | Second Wind

03.07.21 – 07.08.21

Richard Maloy | Maternal Routine

03.06.21 - 19.06.21

Bill Henson | 1985-2021

21.05.21 - 19.06.21

Martin Basher | Birds of Paradise

13.04.21 - 14.05.21

Will Cooke | Every Wall Is A Door

15.01.21 - 13.02.21

Jonny Niesche | Poikilos

17.11.20 - 22.12.20

Gemma Smith | Thin Air

06.10.20 - 07.11.20

Whitney Bedford, Petra Cortright, Kirsten Everberg, Judy Ledgerwood | Slippery Painting

01.09.20 - 03.10.20

Jin Jiangbo, John Reynolds | Performative Geographies

14.07.20 - 15.08.20

Group Show | Sampler 2020

14.05.20 - 06.06.20

Gordon Walters | From the Archive

05.02.20 - 07.03.20

Richard Maloy | Studio: Space & Time

28.01.20 - 01.02.20

Rebecca Baumann | New Work

27.11.19 - 21.12.19

The Estate of L. Budd et al. | the artists in conversation

22.10.19 - 16.11.19

John Reynolds | The Art of Wine

14.10.19

Billy Apple® and Tāme Iti | Flagged

08.10.19 - 12.10.19

Clinton Watkins | binary

19.09.19 - 03.11.19

Yuk King Tan | Crisis of the Ordinary

21.08.19 - 14.09.19

Group Show | Sampler 2019

23.07.19 - 15.08.19

Fiona Pardington | TIKI: Orphans of Māoriland

12.06.19 - 11.07.19

Laith McGregor | AM/PM/AM

09.05.19 - 08.06.19

BILLY APPLE® is N=One

11.04.19 - 05.05.19

Ani O'Neill | Classic Hits

14.03.19 - 10.04.19

Alicia Frankovich | Microchimerism

08.02.19 - 06.03.19

Martin Basher | One Week Stand

24.01.19 - 02.02.19

The Estate of L.Budd_et al.

11.12.18 - 22.12.18, 02.01.19 - 12.01.19

Gavin Hipkins | Block Units

14.11.18 - 08.12.18

John Stezaker | Collages

09.10.18 - 03.11.18

Grant Stevens | The Mountain and the Waterfalls

01.09.18 - 29.09.18

Whitney Bedford | Bohemia

31.07.18 - 24.08.18

Seung Yul Oh | Horizontal Loop

26.06.18 - 28.07.18

Gordon Walters | From the Walters Estate

29.05.18 - 16.06.18

Group Show | Sampler 2018

17.04.18 - 26.05.18

Alicia Frankovich, Ani O’Neill, The Estate of L Budd, et al. | 125

13.03.18 - 07.04.18

Len Lye | Love Springs Eternal

07.02.18 - 07.03.18

Richard Maloy | Things I have Seen

22.12.17

Michael Zavros | The Silver Fox

17.11.17 - 16.12.17

John Reynolds | RocksInTheSky...

17.11.17 - 24.12.17

Martin Basher | Devil at the Gates of Heaven

10.10.17 - 04.11.17

Daniel von Sturmer | Luminous Figures

02.09.17 - 30.09.17

Martin Basher | Hawaiian Tropic

01.08.17 - 26.08.17

Fiona Pardington | Nabokov's Blues: The Charmed Circle

23.06.17 - 23.07.17

John Reynolds | FrenchBayDarkly…

17.05.17 - 17.06.17

Group Show | On the Grounds

02.03.17 - 08.04.17

Billy Apple® | Art Transactions

08.02.17 - 04.03.17

Gavin Hipkins, Jin Jiangbo, Danie Mellor | Beyond Landscape

17.11.16 - 17.12.16

Laith McGregor | Swallow the Sun

01.10.16 - 12.11.16

Matt Henry | Analogues

19.09.16 - 14.10.16

John Reynolds | WalkWithMe...

30.08.16 - 24.09.16

Daniel Crooks | Vanishing Point

03.08.16 - 27.18.16

Gavin Hipkins, Richard Maloy, Daniel von Sturmer | Material Candour

05.07.16 - 22.07.16

Layla Rudneva-Mackay | Running Towards Water

07.06.16 - 08.07.16

Fiona Pardington | 100% Unicorn

24.05.16 - 25.06.16

Clinton Watkins | lowercase

19.04.16 - 18.05.16

Whitney Bedford 2016 | Lost and Found

15.03.16 - 14.04.16

Fiona Clark | For Pink Pussycat Club as part of THE BILL

20.02.16 - 22.04.16

Alicia Frankovich | The Female has Undergone Several Manifestations

06.02.16 - 05.03.16

Fiona Pardington | The Popular Recreator

11.12.15 - 23.12.15

Gavin Hipkins | Block Paintings

04.11.15 - 05.12.15

Gordon Walters | Gouaches and a Painting from the 1950s

21.09.15 - 24.10.15

Fiona Pardington | Childish Things

12.08.15 - 19.09.15

Rebecca Baumann, Brendan Van Hek, Alicia Frankovich, Len Lye, László Moholy-Nagy and Grant Stevens | In Motion

10.07.15 - 08.08.15

Grant Stevens | Hold Together, Fall Apart

07.07.15 - 02.08.15

Laith McGregor | Somewhere Anywhere

02.06.15 - 04.07.15

Arnold Manaaki Wilson, Billy Apple® | TOTEM | curated by Mary Morrison

01.05.15 - 30.05.15

Martin Basher | Jizzy Velvet

03.02.15 - 14.03.15

John Reynolds | BLUTOPIA

19.12.14

Seung Yul Oh | memmem

31.10.14 - 06.12.14

Gavin Hipkins | Erewhon

31.10.14 - 29.11.14

Rebecca Baumann | Once More With Feeling

19.09.14 - 18.10.14

Michael Zavros | Bad Dad

02.06.14 - 28.06.14

THE ANALYSIS OF BILLY APPLE®

05.05.14 - 10.05.14

Jin Jiangbo, Stella Brennan, Billy Apple, Trenton Garratt, Seung Yul Oh, John Reynolds, Layla Rudneva-Mackay, Jim Speers, Yuk King Tan and Wang Dawei | SIGNALS

08.08.14 - 13.09.14

Layla Rudneva-Mackay | Blue Squares, Purple Pairs

17.03.14 - 12.04.14

Curated by Martin Basher | Lovers

06.02.14 - 06.03.14

Glen Hayward | I don't want you to worry about me

06.12.13 - 31.01.14

Matt Henry | High Fidelity

16.11.13 - 14.12.13

Li Xiaofei | Assembly Line - Entrance

03.10.13 - 26.10.13

Richard Maloy | All the things I did

04.09.13 - 30.09.13

John Reynolds | Vagabondage

22.08.13 - 21.09.13

Clinton Watkins | Frequency Colour

25.07.13 - 16.08.13

Curated by Robert Leonard | BAZINGA!

11.05.13 - 08.06.13

Whitney Bedford | This for That

09.04.13 - 04.05.13

Jin Jiangbo | Rules of Nature

08.03.13 - 04.04.13

Martin Basher | Solo Exhibition

05.02.2013 - 02.03.13

Ross Manning | Field Emissions

29.11.12 - 22.12.12, 15.01.13 - 22.01.13

Seung Yul Oh | HUGGONG

23.10.12 - 17.11.12

Jae Hoon Lee | Antarctic Fever

18.09.12 - 13.10.12

Curated by Brian Butler | Greetings from Los Angeles: Eight Artists

10.07.12 - 06.08.12