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John Stezaker

Salama-Caro Gallery

With his photocollages, John Stezaker engages in an art of extraction, arresting the ceaseless flow of things seen and excerpting from them individual motifs. He starts not from optical sensations but from the individual thing, disclosed in that spectral entirety, either all there or absent, that is the image. He accepts photography as a condition of universal mediation, an ambience whose simulations displace natural experience with structures of codes and captions. What interests him is the power of fascination, even of residual myth, found in images—a power that gives rise to encodings in the first place.

The artist’s will to unmediated oneness with an apodictic “now” that somehow transcends the present links him with symbolism and exponents of the sublime. Stezaker’s program shares attributes with that of Barnett Newman, the more so since the former began to move from photocollage to

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