Mother Night (2018)
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Around the late 80s these cutouts were being used in combination with other images and at that time, as the result of finding some new film annuals in which sky backgrounds appeared, I decided to return to these cutouts with a particular focus on these backgrounds. These were combined with a small collection of pre war photo etchings of night skies in early books of astronomy. These became the nocturnal interiors to the day-time exteriors of the 50s celebrity portraits. 'Father Sky' was one of the first of these, using the fake daytime sky background over a night scene. 'Mother Night' was the companion piece to this.
Returning to the image as a lithograph was an opportunity to modulate this edge between interior and exterior, foreground and background and night and day. I was able to more exactly nuance the colour as well as doing justice to a graphic seamlessness, which was the original intention of the piece. The colour enhancement of the lithographic process was also a way of harmonising the disjunction between the technicolor exterior and the pre war photogravure simulations of the nocturnal sublime.
John Stezaker, 2018.
British artist John Stezaker (b. 1949) intervenes with found images - typically old film stills, vintage postcards, or Hollywood headshots - by excising critical parts of the composition or by juxtaposing two seemingly unrelated images. His concise alterations have a surprising surreal effect and psychological force. In a world saturated by images, Stezaker's manipulations create space both physically and metaphorically for alternative interpretations, for exploring the seams and fissures of the visual world.