Archive for June 2, 2009

Art I LOVE: Ron Mueck ‘Dead Dad’ and Others. No way you can Look away

Posted in ART, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE, SCULPTURE with tags , , on June 2, 2009 by echostains

 

dead dad by Ron Mueck 1997

dead dad by Ron Mueck 1997

I have always been an admirer of Ron Mueck’s  sculpture (b.1958 Australia) ever since seeing his ‘Dead Dad’  (his own father,, reduced in scale).  This work pays homage to his father.  By reducing the scale., it somehow increases the importance and reverence the artist has towards him, as well as magnifying the ‘humaness’ and exclusiveness of the  father as a person.  It was a very moving piece of work. 

ghost by Ron Mueck 1998

ghost by Ron Mueck 1998

 Ghost  is an awkward pubescent  gigantic girl,trapped in an adult world, yet between both: awkward and ungainly in her own body.  Who hasn’t experienced this feeling of not belonging to either world, when growing up? 

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baby_ron_mueck

baby_ron_mueck

 Mueck’s sculptures are usually of ordinary people.  They are HUGE, which adds to the impact.  These sculptures are not only disconcerting because of their scale, its the realism and  to detail that really grabs the viewer.

mueck mask

mueck mask

Mueck’s  work has been termed ‘Hyper realism’.  He works in silicone, mixed media and fibreglass.  He served his apprenticeship, not in art school, but with puppeteer Jim Hensen.

big man by Ron Mueck 2006

big man by Ron Mueck 2006

A lot of background information here and a very good article about the artist and his work here

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