Julian Opie (2016)
Julian Opie (2015, Oslo)
Julian Opie (2014)
Julian Opie (2013, Oslo)
Julian Opie Soldier. (2015) Continuous computer animation on 46” LCD screen approx. 102.7 x 58.5 x 11.5 cm Ed. 3/4
Julian Opie Taxi Driver. (2015) Continuous computer animation on 46” LCD screen approx. 102.7 x 58.5 x 11.5 cm Ed. 1/4
Julian Opie Teacher. 2. (2015) Vinyl on wooden stretcher approx. 217.4 x 135.2 x 3.5 cm Unique
Julian Opie Solicitor. 2. (2015) Mosaic tiles approx. 121.9 x 85.3 cm Unique
Julian Opie Flight attendant. 1. (2015) Mosaic tiles approx. 113.9 x 71.7 cm Unique
Julian Opie Doctor. 2. (2015) Vinyl on wooden stretcher approx. 225.7 x 144.5 x 3.5 cm Unique
Julian Opie Joggers. 1. (2015) Vinyl on wooden stretcher approx. 222 x 252.3 cm Unique
Julian Opie Joggers. 3. (2015) Vinyl on wooden stretcher approx. 222 x 252.3 cm Unique
“I had a team filming people walking on the streets of London and, without planning it we ended up filming a lot of people jogging. Once I got around to drawing one of them I realised that these made for a very different artwork from a figure that is simply walking. A running figure has an almost balletic sense of rhythm and grace much closer to an animal than a person. The outfits and paraphernalia of the average runner is brightly coloured and somewhat extreme and emphatic. I found myself using very bright background colours based on public safety signage.
The running humans can chase each other around the gallery, through the landscape using both still and animated paintings.”
Julian Opie. 2015.
Opie is especially interested in experiments on the subject of motion, in which he combines the moving image with his own stylist visual language. For such pieces, Opie works with large flat screens or displays on which computerized animation portrays a permanent, flowing movement. The exhibition at Gerhardsen Gerner Oslo brings together works of such different media as LCD and LED screens, mosaic and vinyl panels, all exclusively studying the human body in walking, jogging or running movement.
He has presented many public projects in cities around the world, notably in the Dentsu Building in Tokyo 2002, City Hall Park in New York 2004, Mori Building, Omotesando Hill in Japan 2006, River Vltava in Prague 2007, Phoenix Art Museum USA 2007, Dublin City Gallery in Ireland 2008, Seoul Square in South Korea 2009, Regent’s Place in London 2011, Calgary, Canada, The Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, London and more recently permanent installations at SMETS in Belgium and PKZ in Zurich.