Julian Opie
Making It 1983

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Julian Opie born 1958
Making It
Date 1983
Medium Steel
Dimensions Object: 2610 x 1180 x 1925 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1983
Not on display

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Tools appear to be in the process of carving out their normal function and the work has become the description of an event. By painting the steel to look like the objects represented, the work reflected Opie's view that sheet metal could be regarded as a canvas and that this work falls somewhere between painting and sculpture. He has said of the work, 'it is a self-conscious sculpture. It's aware of itself being made and that makes it into a very different thing.' He has also referred to this work as a reaction to sculpture of the 1970s 'a lot of which tried to iron out any sign of human interference.'

September 2004

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