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Mixed Media, 2009
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 50
H 90cm x W 125cm
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Originally displayed as a series of animations based on double and triple LCD screens, View Of Lake Kawaguci With Japanese Maple And Kagami-Fuji From Route 21 is a print from Julian Opie’s Japanese Landscapes series from 2009. 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.
Opie takes inspiration from Utagawa Hiroshige for his Japanese Landscapes series and is indicative of the artist’s extensive knowledge of Japanese art. View Of Lake Kawaguci With Japanese Maple And Kagami-Fuji From Route 21 shows a serene image of a lake with a mountain in the background, reflected in the water. The close foreground is taken up by a tree and foliage, working to frame the composition. The print’s composition is almost photographic in the way it dramatically contrasts the foreground with the expansive landscape.
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.