John Stezaker: Film Works

2 May 2015 – 19 Jun 2015

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Free entry

De La Warr Pavilion

Bexhill, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Direct trains from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill

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John Stezaker is an artist fascinated by images and the process of interrupting them. This fascination has led him to work with found images which, over the last four decades, he has turned into collages and image fragments.


This exhibition presents three films by the artist – Horse (2012), Crowd(2013) and Cathedral (2013). The films are made up of a vast number of Stezaker's  personal collection of film stills, postcards and images from racehorse catalogues. They comprise discontinuous still images which are re-photographed and projected at 24 frames per second, without sound.

These ‘still films’ are anything but still. According to perceptual psychology, we are cognitively blind to individual film frames projected at this speed. The cinematic image is visible here only because of the overall continuity of frames shown at quick succession, therefore creating an illusion of movement.

The resulting films show a mind-blowing spectacle of fractured and multiple images, which after a while, settle into a series of dreamlike after-images, memorably imprinted on our vision.


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