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CC: DILJS (Do it like John Stezaker) - USA

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CC: DILJS (Do it like John Stezaker) - USA
Swap Coordinator:CurlyTea (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges 
Number of people in swap:7
Location:Regional - US Only
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:May 17, 2018
Date items must be sent by:May 31, 2018
Number of swap partners:1

CC: DILJS (Do it like John Stezaker)

For this swap we'll attempt to do it like John Stezaker. Stezaker was one of the first generation of British conceptual artists exhibiting in the late 1960s and early 1970s. His main inspirations were Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke – painters heavily influenced by photography. He started making photomontages while at the Slade art school in 1968. The idea came from being exposed to an unlimited flow of images produced by mass media and popular culture. However, Stezaker asserts that he does not have to look for images - they find him. This is how he describes the process of arriving at the final work: “Images in charity shops are like orphans, they’ve lost their context or culture, they’ve gone a little bit out of date. They’ve been neglected and overlooked for years and people have passed them by, then suddenly here I am, the alternative foster home. But unfortunately I then inflict terrible abuse down in the basement where I cut them up.”

Let's try to "channel" Stezaker's style. What I see ...

*Spliced images
*Glamorous 1950's movie star portraits
*Creative use of portraits and landscapes
*Realistic imagery to create an optical illusion

What else do you see in his style? Comment below to help one another identify what it is about his collages that make them so unique.

Creative Collage General Rules

The focus of the art should be collage, but feel free to use other media and techniques.

Postcards can be any size but no smaller than 4 x 6 inches. Apply proper postage depending on size and bulk.

This is sender's choice so you can begin now.

Create something wonderful.

Be sure to write the name of the swap and your swapbot name on your postcard so you can get rated.

Remember to rate! That's part of the fun of being at swapbot.

Thanks and have fun.


FiWebster 05/10/2018 #

In addition to what you've listed, Candace, I would also add that he works mostly in monochrome B & W or sepia.

Angie 05/12/2018 #

Each example uses only 2 images.

camelsamba 05/30/2018 #

I poked around a bit on google and found that he does have quite a few works that combine color (travel postcards) with B&W (movie publicity stills). This youtube video has a short interview with him: Stezaker interview

camelsamba 05/30/2018 #

Thanks for introducing me to this artist! Fascinating to see how he combines parts of faces, and overlays faces with postcards.

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