The artist’s name is Julian Opie, and the title of the artwork is Walking in Sadang-dong in the rain. The work was created in 2014. I encountered this artwork at a temporary special exhibition happening in Suwon Ipark Museum of Art, located in Korea. The dimension is 230 by 344.3 cm. Opie used vinyl on wooden stretcher as his medium not only for this particular artwork, but almost all of his other works as well. I think that his way of using materials on his artwork is what distinguishes his artwork from any other artists. If you go closer to this artwork, you can notice that there are no traces of painting or handwork at all. Instead, the picture is formed of colored stickers adhered to the canvas. This is a technique I have never seen in any other artworks, and it seemed very refreshing and creative to me. Indeed, the artwork looked much more modern and clean, than it would have appeared through using pre-existing techniques. In the artwork, I could see various people walking around on the street. Even before I read the title, I was able to recognize that the artwork portrayed the view in Korea. This is because the author did not just draw the outfits and appearances of the people in the artwork carelessly. He perfectly caught even the smallest details of the people you could find in Korea. For example, I could notice a boy wearing baggy ivory pants who is calling someone with his phone. I could really remember seeing boys like this in Korea. Thus, his close observation and detailed expression of Koreans resulted in an impressive artwork. Through the crowdedness and narrow gaps between people, I got the impression that people were walking busy and fast, which is something familiar in Korean culture. I find it very interesting and delightful to realize how much elements of art we could discover in our daily lives. I would have never expected to convert an ordinary scene of numerous people walking, into the most colorful artwork like Julian Opie did. Despite how the artwork appears to be very simple at first, I am fascinated by Opie’s meticulous patterns and values in his artwork. Especially, patterns were mixed smoothly and naturally into the picture through including the patterns into the unnoticeable objects such as umbrella or clothings. I also had a few questions after observing this artwork. First, how did he get to come up with the idea of using vinyl as a material for his artwork? I think it takes a lot of courage to try something new or be a pioneer. I really respect him both for his creativity and courage. Also, what specific connections or reasons led him to both display his artworks in Korea and create artworks with a theme about Korea? The artwork I chose to report about actually captured an image of people in Sadang-dong, Seoul, Korea on a rainy day. Lastly, this artwork has influenced my values and perspective towards art. By looking at this artwork that used vinyl as its medium, I was strongly inspired to become more innovative with my artworks. From now on, I will be motivated to try out new styles of art, instead of only favoring customary art techniques. At the same time, I learned the significance of including details in an artwork, since even a tiny detail in artwork can change the entire mood or message of an artwork. For example, even if the artist portrayed the same color and same shape, there could have been no traces of Korea in the artwork if the author did not include certain logos or small accessories. Overall, I never expected to learn about art as much as this, through paying closer attention to an artwork in an exhibition. It was definitely a memorable experience to observe more about art, especially the ones I did not know much about! This simple, catchy, but surprisingly comprehensive artwork led me to countless inspirations and goals towards my art skills and ideas!