The smallest man in the world dancing with his pet cat.
John Stezaker, Imposter series, 2013
Associating John Stezaker’s work with the movies feels like an obvious fit; his aesthetic, in general, is one of another era of high cinematic splendor – a silver-screen photofit populace, cut-up from Hayworth’s hair, and Cary Grant’s jawline. The famously-symmetrical are typically used for slashed-up perversions of every golden rule about beauty; all myth about ideal proportion. Even the landscape postcards – the canyons, the rivulets and the mountains – which Stezaker uses are somehow anachronistic in their simple sweeping beauty, and their fantastic aura. That said, it’s rare that the artist works in moving image proper, despite its immediate connection to his source material: Blind, at The Approach, is one of Stezaker’s first shows of this kind (of new material, at least), for some time…