The Fondazione Morra Greco is pleased to announce a major solo exhibition of the work of British artist John Stezaker.
Conceived and selected before the pandemic, the exhibition also incorporates work produced throughout lockdown, during a period of intense creativity for the artist. The exhibition brings together more than eighty works, from the late 1970s to the present day.
For over 40 years Stezaker has been using found photographs, film stills, postcards, magazines, books and other printed material to create a range of works including collages, image-fragments, films, bookworks and silkscreen prints on canvas. He does not consider his found objects and images as appropriations but sees them as “finding him” in a psychoanalytic sense, following the Surrealist, rather than the Duchampian/Pop approach of 80s appropriation art. The works in the show are inspired by and reference the work of Joseph Cornell and the meta-narratives of Italo Calvino.
Much of Stezaker’s collage work combines images from different historical epochs: turn-of-the-century postcards, 1940s film stills, 1930s & 40s mannequin hands etc. The work further abounds with references to other periods of art and culture. In the bookworks, Metamorphosis and Observatory series, Baroque architecture is used to project an image of a contemporary observatory (a reference to Calvino’s Mr. Palomar). There is always a sense of time travel in Stezaker’s work and he uses the architectural space of the Palazzo Caracciolo to fully exploit the implicit historical strata of the exhibition space.
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