Sunday, June 10, 2012

An Artist I Love: Australia's Ron Mueck!

Mask II (2001-2002)
The Melbourne-born sculptor, Ron Mueck is known for his hyper-realist works. His sculptures faithfully reproduce every detail of the human body. Mask II is a representation of Mr. Mueck, lying on his side as if asleep. It wavers between realism and abstraction. Like most of Mueck's work, I find this sculpture both fascinating and disorienting.

Big Man (2005)
Mueck began his career working on the Australian children's television program Shirl's Neighborhood. He made, voiced, and operated the shows puppets. You can see his puppetry skills at work in his sculptures. He currently lives in London.

A few years ago, I saw Mueck's Untitled (Big Man) at a special exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. If you're interested, I recommend listening to a recording from the Christchurch Art Gallery of New Zealand discussing Mr. Mueck's Two Women.

Two Women (2005)

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