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Digital Print, 2007
Signed Print Edition of 10
H 40cm x W 45cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
Luc And Ludivine Get Married (pair 10) shows two portraits of a man and woman, each with elliptical frames and blown domed glazing. The images are produced from cut black and white paper laminated together and resemble Victorian silhouette portraits.
Opie shows the portraits of the male and female figure in profile facing away from one another, the man turned to the left and the woman to the right. Typical of many of Opie’s portraits, Luc And Ludivine Married (pair 10) is rendered with the absolute minimum by which a person can be represented. Reduced to black and white bold lines, the images show the figures with dots for eyes and simple lines for their mouth.
The works in Opie’s Luc And Ludivine Get Married series show each figure in one of four poses, rendering them in different combinations of the poses thus making each composition unique across the series. This series is indicative of Opie’s desire to work with one idea across a number of different compositions, producing many versions of the same subject. Luc And Ludivine Get Married (pair 10) is a work that explores the act of looking and representation itself.