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Julian Opie: View Of Boats On Lake Motosu Below Mount Fuji From Route 709 - Signed Mixed Media

View Of Boats On Lake Motosu Below Mount Fuji From Route 709
Signed Mixed Media

Julian Opie

POA

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Mixed Media, 2009
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 50
H 90cm x W 125cm

Critical Review

Created using computer drawing programmes to manipulate digital photographs, these prints were inspired on a trip taken by the artist around Mount Fuji in Japan. 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.”

View Of Boats On Lake Motosu Below Mount Fuji From Route 709 consciously reflects the work of Hiroshige in its verticality through the horizontal format, cropping, colour gradation and strips of calligraphy. Opie identifies with this aesthetic that holds a sense of stripped-down flatness that lends itself to reproduction. The print’s lack of preciousness, reminiscent of 19th century Japanese woodblocks, works to challenge the existing artistic paradigm in its relation to the smallness of human achievement.

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