"Julian Opie: Signs, a public art exhibition featuring 11 installations by the internationally recognized artist, will open with a dedication from Mayor Bart Peterson Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Chase Tower on the Circle. Opie will present a lecture at the Herron School of Art at 7 p.m. that same evening.
Five of the installations are premieres and the Indianapolis exhibit is Opie’s largest public project to date. Opie creates stylized drawings from his photographic portraits of fashion, music and racing icons, as well as people and landscapes from his everyday life. He is interested in how we read or interpret visual images that we encounter in the world around us. Opie simplifies and reduces these common images to their most essential components, line and color, to make them appear like commercial graphics.
A map of the exhibition will be available through libraries, parks and recreations centers, the Indianapolis Artsgarden and other arts and cultural institutions. The artwork will be concentrated downtown: as far north as Ohio Street, as east as Massachusetts Avenue and College, as west as the White River State Park and as south as Maryland Street. For more info: www.indyarts.org.