Julian Opie, Running Men (2016) (detail). © Julian Opie. Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery, London.
I sent two of my assistants out to the park to film people walking and, on reviewing the films, I found that many joggers had run past the camera.
Humans are built for running. I have read they can outrun a wolf or a horse over long distances. By drawing one stride with around 30 frames I can set a drawing in motion to run smoothly forever as an animation and, by grouping a few joggers together in a painting, I can create a dynamic, complex composition with implied movement. A second later and the runners would have moved on and the composition, so carefully planned, would be changed and lost.