John Stezaker – Lost World


Size: 228.6 x 152.4 mm

Pages: 86

Type: Paperback

Edition: N/A

Publisher: Ridinghouse

Designer: Mark Thomson

ISBN: 978-1909932432

Year: 2018



Resolutely analogue in a digital era, Stezaker works with scalpel and glue, slicing images and joining them together in new configurations. Collage, he says, is about ‘stuff that has lost its immediate relationship with the world’ and involves ‘a yearning for a lost world’. He works from a vast personal archive of out-of-date images – mostly old film stills, vintage actor head shots and antique postcards. Curated by Robert Leonard, Lost World brings together forty collages dating from 2006 to 2016, as well as five poignant found-object-sculptures: a selection of antique mannequin hands, offering a repertoire of gestures. There’s also a film, Crowd, which presents hundreds of film stills of crowd scenes, each for one frame only, in a bewildering blur.