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Imagine You Are Driving (Fast) /Jacques/Helmet

Imagine You Are Driving (Fast) /Jacques/Helmet
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Digital Print, 2002
Signed Print Edition of 40
H 56cm x W 122cm

Critical Review

Opie invites the viewer to step into the shoes of the race driver that he depicts, showing a view of the racetrack from the driver’s perspective. Paired with the print’s title, the world represented in this image is suggestive of computer driving games where the participant goes on a virtual journey. This video game aesthetic is typical of Opie’s landscape work from the late 1990s that encourages the viewer to step into a stylised representation of the world.

Speaking of his work in relation to viewer participation, Opie has said, "I think my work is about trying to be happy… I want the world to seem like the kind of place you’d want to escape into… Mundane things are just as exciting as all the things you might imagine escaping into."