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julian opie's winter. at alan cristea gallery
feb 19, 2013
julian opie's winter. at alan cristea gallery


installation view, julian opie, winter., the alan cristea gallery, london 2013.
courtesy the artist and alan cristea gallery, london

 

the alan cristea gallery is currently showing works from julian opie‘s series ‘winter.’.
the exhibition will run until – 16 march 2013 at 34 cork street, london and
is comprised of all-new original editions.

 

 

julian opie, winter 42., 2012, from a series of 75 digital prints
laminated to glass and mounted to plexiglas, © julian opie.
courtesy the artist and alan cristea gallery, london 

 

 


following text from the alan cristea gallery:

 

one of the leading figures in contemporary art, for over three decades julian opie
has pushed the boundaries of portraiture, painting, and sculpture, seeking to
break down what he believes to be illogical barriers between the disciplines.
he has developed a unique formal language that combines the vernacular of
everyday life with motifs inspired by art history. his restless fascination with and
desire to utilise new techniques have long been supported by alan cristea,
a gallerist focused on developing enduring and successful partnerships between
artists and creative fabricators.

 

opie takes the physical world as the starting point for his artistic practice,
be it nature or human beings, which he first captures through an innovative
drawing process using a camera and computer technology as his tools.
opie draws under and over digital photographs he takes from nature,
creating multi-layered images with great depth. the highly distinctive depictions
of the modern world that arise from this process juxtapose modern and
classic sources, examining the nature of representation through a variety
of media, including silkscreen, granite, and computer animation.
past works have seen opie draw from influences as diverse as billboard signs,
18th-century portraiture, popular comics and japanese woodblock prints.

 

 

julian opie, winter 38., 2012, from a series of 75 digital prints
laminated to glass and mounted to plexiglas, © julian opie.
courtesy the artist and alan cristea gallery, london

 

 

julian opie, winter 32., 2012, from a series of 75 digital prints
laminated to glass and mounted to plexiglas, © julian opie.
courtesy the artist and alan cristea gallery, london

 

 

julian opie, winter 11., 2012, from a series of 75 digital prints
laminated to glass and mounted to plexiglas, © julian opie.
courtesy the artist and alan cristea gallery, london

 

 

julian opie, winter 40., 2012, from a series of 75 digital prints
laminated to glass and mounted to plexiglas, © julian opie.
courtesy the artist and alan cristea gallery, london 

 

 

julian opie, winter 10., 2012, from a series of 75 digital prints
laminated to glass and mounted to plexiglas, © julian opie.
courtesy the artist and alan cristea gallery, london 

 

 

installation view, julian opie, winter., the alan cristea gallery, london 2013.
courtesy the artist and alan cristea gallery, london

 

 

installation view, julian opie, winter., the alan cristea gallery, london 2013.
courtesy the artist and alan cristea gallery, london 

 

 

installation view, julian opie, winter., the alan cristea gallery, london 2013.
courtesy the artist and alan cristea gallery, london

 

 

installation view, julian opie, winter., the alan cristea gallery, london 2013.
courtesy the artist and alan cristea gallery, london

 

 

the exhibition at the alan cristea gallery is an extension of the artist’s recent
film winter. (2012) and sees him blend a similarly eclectic range of influences,
from google maps street view to 17th-century dutch landscape painting.
opie presents 75 prints laminated to glass, representing 75 sequential steps
on a circular walk taken by the artist through the french countryside on a harsh
but beautiful winter’s day. echoing the poetic ambience of the film,
the exhibition is accompanied by the film’s specially commissioned score
written by paul englishby (award winning composer for an education and
miss pettigrew lives for a day) and featuring vocals by the artist’s wife, aniela opie.

 

each panel measures 68 x 121 cm and is in an edition of three,
with an additional artist’s proof of each work. the use of lamination to glass
references the architectural use of glass generally within the public realm
and specifically within in heathrow airport’s terminal 5. the gallery walls
will be almost completely panelled in glass for the exhibition, creating
a surrounding panorama that is at once a pastoral landscape and a slick
architectural surface. viewed together, the panels also correspond to each
still from opie’s film, enabling the viewer to explore the elegiac journey
over and over again.

 

the exhibition will be accompanied by a flip book illustrating all of the landscapes
thereby allowing the reader to reanimate the circular walk. copies of this book
will be available to purchase through opie’s online shop.

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