Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ron Mueck - Larger than Life

When my friend, Bobbie, first sent me pictures of Australian sculpture Ron Mueck's amazing life-like human sculptures, I couldn't believe my eyes! Such fine detail on a scale as large as this struck me as almost impossible to achieve. He constructs this anatomically correct sculptures from fiberglass substrates.

Early on in his career, Mueck worked as a model maker for the children's TV program Shirl's Neighborhood and Jim Henson films including Labyrinth , before making fine art of his hyper-real sculptures of human figures. Hethen moved on to working in special effects. During this period, he began to utilize silicone to construct his sculptures.

In 1996 Mueck transitioned to fine art, collaborating with his mother-in-law, Paula Rego, to produce small figures as part of a tableau she was showing at the Hayward Gallery. Rego introduced him to Charles Saatchi who was immediately impressed and started to collect and commission work. This led to the famous piece that lead to Mueck's immediate fame, Dead Dad. The piece was included in the Sensation show at the Royal Academy the following year.

Dead Dad is a rather haunting silicone and mixed media sculpture of the corpse of Mueck's father reduced to about two thirds of its natural scale. While Mueck often uses human hair in his work, punching in one strand at a time, Dead Dad is the only work of Mueck's that uses his own hair for the finished product.
Dead Dad

Shortly after, he started his own company based in London making photo realistic props. His work was designed to be photographed from just one angle, and eventually he moved on to realistic sculptures, which would be able to be photographed from any angle.

Mueck's sculptures meticulously detail the human form.
His sculptures range from very tiny to giant-sized, but they are never actual life-sized. This is reported to give viewers an unsettled feeling while viewing his work.

His sculptures appear so lifelike that if not for their scale, I'm sure many viewers would be fooled.

The attention to detail is extraordinary.

Ron Mueck's first exhibition in Japan will open on April 26 2008 at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. It will run until August 8 and feature a collection of works displayed over 6 spaces in the gallery. Among them will be Mueck's latest work "A Girl". The exhibition will also include two short films about the artist, covering both his artistic background, and his production techniques.You can see a slideshow of more of Ron's work HERE.

1 comment:

altermyworld said...

WOW that is so amazing, i wish i could fly to Japan just for the exhibit. thanks for sharing.

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