Medieval Village #2 is a print created with a lenticular panel from Julian Opie’s Medieval Village series from 2019 depicted in his simplified, graphic style. Forming a moving image through the use of lenticular technology, the print shows a medieval castle in a three-dimensional context, depicted in grey, black and white.
The Medieval Village series draws from a sculpture installation called Medieval Village created by Opie in 2018 that shows an almost life size three-dimensional rendering of the architecture this print represents. This print series is therefore indicative of the way in which Opie reproduces many versions of a singular subject in different media contexts. This sculptural piece, alongside the print series, works to capture how humans experience the world through physical encounters.
Opie offers no contextual background to this image, instead offering a generic view of a castle from which the viewer can interpret it around their personal experiences. 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. This particular print is characteristic of this in its use of moving image technology.