Isaac Julien at Frieze London 2018
Isaac Julien Studio is proud to publish that works from a new collage series, Radioactive, will be featured at the Victoria Miro Gallery and Metro Pictures booths at Frieze London, 2018.
This is the first opportunity to see these works in the UK.
Isaac Julien’s new photo-collage series Radioactive is inspired by Octavia Butler’s gripping tale about cyborg Lilith Lyapo, who is performed by Vanessa Myrie in the film.
Julien’s new collages stage this solitary heroine, exploring her “mixed race” of human and technological origins, through solarized landscapes and textures. Julien wanted to move beyond the idea of merely representing a film or merely making photographs. His application of a mixture of metallic foils shifts the work beyond the photographic into a compelling terrain of hybrid materiality. The various cut-outs involve hand-cut digitally printed foils, which are used in advertising, on cars and robotics. These silver, gold, copper, blue and colorful elements create an unreal, dream-like effect. Through the collage technique and the use of these materials Julien is exploring and highlighting visual textures that mirror the diaphanous imagery and the solarisation and re-colouring processed that were also used in the film.
Each work from this series presents a different combination of colours, cut-outs and compositions, resulting into a unique exploration of materiality and create a rare aesthetic; each work from this series is unique.