John Stezaker, ‘Blind’, 2012, Ingleby Gallery

The ‘Billboard for Edinburgh’ project ran from 2008 - 2016, when the Gallery was situated in its Calton Road premises and transformed a defunct billboard on the end wall of the building. The Billboard installation would change every three months and from each a limited edition print would be published. The list of contributors includes Turner Prize nominees and winners and artists with world renowned reputations alongside emerging talents.
Since the late 1960’s John Stezaker has worked with appropriated images, cropping and splicing film stills, photographs and postcards to create a range of striking and engaging images.

In Blind, Stezaker manipulates a head shot of an unknown actress. The artist’s intervention is minimal but powerful. The act of removing a small horizontal section in the centre of the photograph results in an image which is at once both beautiful and sinister.

Publisher: Ingleby Gallery

About John Stezaker

Conceptual and appropriation artist John Stezaker is known for his Surrealist-influenced collages crafted from found images manipulated and juxtaposed into new concordances. In his "Film Portrait" series beginning in the 1980s, slices of faces from movie star headshots are overlaid atop others to create disconcerting hybrids. Other sources include antique pornography, vintage postcards, and book illustrations, showing Stezaker's interest in workaday imagery forced to go beyond its essential purpose. In his "Unassisted Readymades" (1973-), he sets untouched images in new, unlikely angles.

British, b. 1949, Worcester, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom