Sunday 22 July 2007
Sculptures by Ron Mueck
I've just discovered Ron Mueck.
He's a London based Australian artist, who started out as a model-maker and puppeteer for children's T.V shows in Australia. He also worked with Jim Henson.
His work has been labeled as Hyper-realism and I can see why, it's incredibly true to life down to each eyelash individually placed.
If you didn't have the viewers in the photos to give the true scale you'd think they were casts of real people, if not actual people!
I haven't seen one in the flesh so I don't know how they'd effect me emotionally but from the photos alone I am in awe of his skill and expertise.
There's a video of the making of the pregnant lady here
It's a bit long winded and the voice over is as annoying as the terrible background music, but, if you can bear with all that, it's quite interesting to see the process.
And below is even more of his work !
There are critics out there that think its not art just model making.
Jonathan Jones of the Guardian thinks "it's blank, empty and brainless" His entire article can be read here
Personally I don't agree with him, I think Mueck is an amazing artist who captures the emotional state of his subject with delicacy and honesty.
I'd love to know what you think though.