Julian Opie (2016)
Julian Opie (2015, Oslo)
Julian Opie (2014)
Julian Opie (2013, Oslo)
Julian Opie Musician. (2015) Enamel on glass (steel base) 192 x 119.6 239 x 101 cm + base 23.3 x 115 x 50 cm
Julian Opie Corey. (2016) Paint on aluminium 228.5 x 100 x 36 cm Unique
Julian Opie Natalie. (2016) Paint on aluminium 218.8 x 104.8 x 36 cm Unique
Julian Opie Daniele. (2016) Paint on aluminium 219 x 117.9 x 36 cm Unique
Julian Opie Man with black T-shirt. (2015) Vinyl on wooden stretcher 192 x 148.7 cm
Julian Opie Man with earring. (2015) Vinyl on wooden stretcher 192 x 154.6 cm
Julian Opie Woman with felt cap. (2015) Vinyl on wooden stretcher 192 x 160.3 cm
Julian Opie Woman with pearl earrings. (2015) Vinyl on wooden stretcher 192 x 154.1 cm
Julian Opie Joggers. 4. (2015) Mosaic tiles 120 x 135.2 x 5 cm approx.
Julian Opie Pilot. 1. (2015) Mosaic tiles 121.4 x 85.3 x 5 cm
Julian Opie Doctor. 1. (2015) Mosaic tiles 121 x 80.9 x 5 cm
Julian Opie Woman with hoop earrings. (2015) Inkjet on paper on aluminium 106 x 94.4 x 3 cm
Julian Opie Woman with white T-shirt. (2015) Inkjet on paper on aluminium 106 x 79.4 x 3 cm
The crowd merges with the surroundings and itself becomes built of steel, plastic and diodes to reflect back what it feels like to look at and to be in the world and in the crowd. The same process that made drawings of bison and hunters in charcoal and ochre on cave walls, of marching warriors and striding gods carved onto palaces of desert rock and athletes drawn in quarried marble cubes on mosaic villa floors, can create images, statues, films of someone, anyone in materials and techniques that are borrowed from the same place and time. Of course, as in cooking, all these great ingredients don't necessarily ensure a good result; I play with the combinations and possibilities that surface.
A logic of taking in and putting out, of sensing existence by looking and then building with what you look at. No invention just arrangement, building, drawing.
The walking statues are drawings of people who passed my studio and were asked to come in and be model on a walking machine. They then become films that can then also become paintings and statues. The paintings on the wall are from photographs I commissioned of people on the streets of Seoul; an initial full-length portrait is cropped to a head portrait seemingly drawn from too great a distance to see much more than posture, clothes and hairstyle.
Whilst filming London crowds I ended up with footage of joggers whose stride is rhythmic and easier to draw and whose movement seems more natural and animal despite their bright modern outfits.
- Julian Opie, 2016.
After 15 years in the great space under the railway at Holzmarktstraße/Jannowitzbrücke, Gerhardsen Gerner is pleased to inaugurate its new space in Linienstraße 85 with a solo exhibition by British artist Julian Opie.
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, Takamatsu City, Japan and Arendt & Medernach in Luxembourg.
For further information please contact Maike Fries at Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin: T: +49-30-69 51 83 41,