Evening Sun is a print from Julian Opie’s French Landscapes series from 2013 that shows a moving image created with a lenticular panel. The print is a vertical rectangular composition which is unusual considering this is a landscape image. Taking the same subject and form of an earlier LCD work of the same name from 2011, this series is indicative of Opie’s desire to use the same subject across a variety of mediums.
In its vertical composition with the silhouetted tree on the left to frame the scene, Evening Sun is reminiscent of Opie’s Japanese Landscapes series from 2009. These landscapes were originally displayed as a series of animations based on double and triple LCD screens, representative of the way in which Opie tries to defy traditional art boundaries through his work. Opie has spoken of this saying, “Our attitude towards art history, towards schools, styles, and ‘isms’, was quite aggressive. We wanted to manipulate them, to use whatever style we wished.”
Much of Opie’s work has been compared to the digitally rendered landscapes of video games in the way that they mimic a simultaneously familiar yet otherworldly sphere. Indeed, this print is uncanny in the sense of familiarity it strikes within the viewer, in part due to Opie’s depersonalised, slick style rendered through computer technology.