200708: MAK-Applied Arts/Contemporary Art: Julian Opie – Recent works

MAK-Applied Arts/Contemporary Art: Julian Opie – Recent works Manga world of art history Parameters for 21st century art are devised here. Pop Art offers a conceptual background for these outmost simplified picture messages, which hold up well against the inexorable speed at which information is distributed by extreme reduction. The pictogram related works by the British artist Julian Opie are charged with difficult art historical references mixed with a playful circumvention of semantic conventions. Opie’s works, exhibited on the top floor of the MAK, are characterized by the reduction of individual features to a minimum; they include elements from comic strips and Pop Art. His work can be divided into the traditions of art history: landscapes, portraits, and nudes, and can be interpreted both historically as well as by his production methods. Opie’s main means of expression are drawings and their transformation into the parallel worlds of manga, light-, media-, and spatial installations, stylistic examples of art history, and, last but not least, into iconoclastic comments on the symbolic language of the consumer-world and the reification of bodies. Julian Opie is presented as a brand – mainly on account of his concentration on the extremely emblematic. Admittedly the artist takes on a kind of identity political about-face, by allowing his figures character and individuality. But the artist also shows his ability of reinterpreting and transforming works created by 19th century Japanese masters. These works are part of an unusually broad and deep adaptation of the characteristics and history behind a drawing. The essential texts by Timothy Clark in the catalogue broaden the view on Julian Opie’s oeuvre, which – on account of its simplicity - one might otherwise overlook. MAK-Applied Arts/Contemporary Art 1010 Vienna, Stubenring 5, until 21. 09. 2008 www.mak.at

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