Featuring works by Frank Egloff and John Stezaker
“Visible Merge” features works by Boston-based Frank Egloff and London-based John Stezaker. Both artists present works where preconceived imagery from multiple sources are spliced, layered, juxtaposed and combined to create new forms that are simultaneously surreal and based in reality.
Frank Egloff titles his works “after” followed by the photographers and subjects of the photographs that he uses. Straightforward and full of attribution, Egloff’s new works on/in/with paper compose, document, duplicate, examine, isolate, present, produce, repose and reproduce. Using nothing new, he creates works that allow the viewer to see something new and also the old anew. Egloff uses the images to bring awareness to methods of looking, all the while making that awareness the focus, thus compressing and expanding one’s awareness.
John Stezaker, uses the collective archive of actors’ glossy publicity photos to create narrations of desire through collaging multiple images together. The publicity photos, initially served as advertisements, reminders and tempters, all while being ‘documentary’ symbols of culture that show clearly the subject’s genre and public identity. Stezaker slices, juxtaposes and combines faces to create new hybrids that have elements of the familiar yet create new disjointed harmonies. As William Ewing wrote, “the irreconciliation of difference both complements and detracts from the whole”, a fitting statement about both artists’ works in the show.