This week I am going to write a daily post about a collage artist! I love collages because the artist uses work from other artists to make a whole new vision.
This week the British artist John Stezaker. I adore his work. He is the minimalist of collage art. The simplicity of his portraits are just genius.
“I’m using an archive to create another archive of my own,” he elaborates. “My ideal is to do very little to the images, maybe just one cut: the smallest change or the most minimal mutilation. What I do is destructive, but also an act of deliberate passivity.”
Stezaker’s collages are irreverent; his use of glamorous 1950s portraits, of dapper suited men and Hollywood stars, mashed together with postcards of landscapes and with other faces, has the effect of the uncanny.
“There is something very odd, even unnerving about cutting through a photograph,” he says. “It sometimes feels like I am cutting though flesh.”
In 2012, Stezaker won the Deutsche Börse photography prize to a mixed reception, as a few critics questioned whether a conceptual artist – who deals with the destruction of photographs – could win a prestigious photography award, proving that collage as an art form continues to be nothing if not controversial. I think he deserved that price!