Contemporary Print Market Report
Julian Opie: Ruth With Cigarette 3 - Signed Print

Ruth With Cigarette 3
Signed Print

Julian Opie

POA

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Digital Print, 2005
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 92cm x W 66cm

Critical Review

Amidst a contemporary world saturated with information, Opie presents us with an image stripped down to the bare minimum components that make up a portrait. Using a standardised version of the human form, reminiscent of signs that can be found on lavatory doors, Ruth With Cigarette 3 is rendered in a decidedly depersonalised visual language. By presenting the figure without any facial features and a floating blank circle as a head, the figure appears more like a sign than an individual to be recognised.

Producing a computer generated image that uses flat, saturated colour and simplified shapes, Opie mimics the visual language of mass media and advertising. Ruth With Cigarette 3 also plays into this idea through depicting a stereotypical sexualised image of the ‘ideal’ woman as found in magazines, television and film. By rendering the figure without any facial features and a floating blank circle as a head, Opie forces the viewer to consider why they find this image so alluring and what constitutes attractiveness.

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