Julian Opie: Sara, Bryan and Monique
London, 4 March – 14 April 2004
Lisson Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Julian Opie. This will be his seventh solo exhibition at Lisson, the first since 2001.
Following on from his giant projects at K21 Düsseldorf and MoMA, New York and specially commissioned portraits of rock band Blur, and Formula One driver Jacques Villeneuve, as well as installations for Selfridges, Manchester and Sadlers Wells, this show takes the theme of portraiture to new extremes.
In this new body of work, Opie extends his language of portraiture by devoting one room to each of three subjects: Sara, a professional model, Monique a Swiss collector, and Bryan, a well-known rockstar. Using computer animation, vinyl, sound and LED displays, Opie gives an unexpected interpretation of the familiar classicism of the ‘portrait’. Drawing from influences as diverse as billboard signs, classical portraiture and sculpture, to Japanese Manga comics and Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin, Opie ‘paints’ using a variety of media and technologies which enable him to make three-dimensional explorations of his subjects.Read more
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