Based above a pub of the same name, The Approach Gallery is showing a solo exhibition of new collage works by John Stezaker.
As the name would suggest, duality is in constant play in ‘Double Shadow’, where processes of cutting and repurposing images are used to reflect on the duplicitous figure of the uncanny.
Figures of masculinity and femininity are dissolved and mix into strange and unusual hybrids. Implementing the technique of dramatic back-lighting borrowed from Film Noir, silhouettes intertwine and uneasy pairings are created in the intersection of shadows.
To accompany the exhibition, The Approach will be showing the film Kiss, 2020, in The Annexe. The film consists of a vast number of the artist’s personal collection of film stills projected at 25 images per second. The fast-moving sequence of discontinuous images of kisses provides a singular, if ungraspable point of focus, creating the sense of unconsummated fusion.