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Standing Figure (red)

Standing Figure (red)
Signed Print

Stik

Lithograph, 2015
Signed Print

Critical Review

Standing Figure is a signed  offset lithograph printed in red, black and white. In the piece, the artist’s six-line stickman stands at a slight angle, glancing apprehensively to the left.

Stik's figures are characterised by a six-line frame and featureless faces on the one hand, and on the other hand, they have a lifelike quality to them. There is a sense of movement under the surface of the print; the artist's lines are never totally straight, and the characters' stare and discomfort suggest a busy or unsettling scene taking place beyond the frame. In Standing Figure,  the stickman's stance reflects his uneasiness and anxiousness; he poses awkwardly as if he needs to restore his balance or take a deep breath before moving forward.

It is possible to see Standing Figure as a demonstration of how Stik's minimalist approach is densely packed with meaning and inexorably linked to its urban context. The six-line Stik man has taken on a considerably greater importance than Stik had initially intended, having come to represent the experience of isolation and insecurity that can result from living in a marginalising urban environment.