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Sunday, 28 March 2010

Mueck Magic...

When I first saw a picture of Ron Mueck's sculpture of 'two women' in a magazine, I'll admit, they gave me the creeps. They were just a little too real, a little too lifelike for me, and maybe even a little too ugly! I know, you would think that lifelike is the intention (and surely it is), but the expressions of the two old women was plotting, if not nasty, and I just didn't like them.

A couple of years later, and yesterday I find myself eyeball to eyeball with the same old women, but find their stature rather less intimidating. They are less than 3 feet tall. And up close and personal (though I still feel they are up to no good), the detail and their lifelike features are too incredible not to be impressed.

You could get up close and look at the tiniest of details and wonder at the creation and observation of the artist. The temptation to touch was hard to resist, as it was sometimes difficult to believe these sculptures weren't more than just resin and hair. Mueck did not attempt to hide the realities of life. There were wrinkles and blemishes and hair in noses, and expressions that told of the strains and pressures of life. He chose to get straight to the point and capture people, spots and all. Sometimes in such vulnerable poses or situations that I couldn't bare to look for more than a moment.

You could take photos (though not with a flash) and I was happy to have captured the one of 'wild man' with the gallery security in the edge of the pic, just to show the scale.

If you can, go and see this exhibition. It is on at the NGV until the 18th of April and is worth a visit. And while you're there, watch how other visitors interact with the sculptures, they are almost as fascinating as the sculptures themselves.

9 comments:

beccasauras said...

I actually don't think I can see it- too creepy in photos for me! I so admire his artistic ability, I would just get the creeps! The naked people in the Museum do it to me too!

Lilli boo said...

Absolutely an exhibition I want to see!! I find Ron's work fascinating. At the NGA, they have onf of Ron's sculpture's, a large scultpture of a pregnant woman and it is captivating!...So pleased to you got to see the Paris exhibition at NGA too...I had a friend who also flew down for the weekend with her ailing Mum from Melbourne and decided NOT to go into the show after finding out abou the 2 hour wait! If only they had been given the insight you had in joining the gallery! Great idea...

DaughteroftheStars said...

I went last weekend and loved it. I can't say I'm very cultured and don't really appreciate much art but his stuff just hypnotizes me.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I've really wanted to see this exhibition, but don't think it's coming up here. Great images of it!

Wenig Brenner said...

Hi Jacinta,

I too share your passion for art and am dying to see Ron Mueck's work at the NGV.

Everyday I pass the gallery and see advertisements. I see people coming and going with expressions of bewilderment or sheer enjoyment on their faces, which makes my desire even greater. I must make it a 'must do' before to the exhibition closes.

I marvel at anyone's skill in sculpture of such incredible quality. I remember a few years ago I tried a full body cast of various different people in an attempt to portray a very powerful message. It failed miserably as limbs and details broke and snapped off from the rest of the plaster bandage mould. It was really quite funny in retrospect, although when you're doing it a 'pass' in an art class, not so much at the time!

Thanks for your insight, I look forward to following you on your interesting perusal of AUstralian exhibitions.

Wenig
www.wenigbrenner.blogspot.com

Umatji said...

THankyou for this post! I love the sculptues especially the woman carrying the sticks. I think I might get the mad clay out today!

Nanny Pumpernickel said...

Ohhhh thank you so much for sharing,I saw his work here in Holland a couple of years ago but seeing your photo's with all new work makes me curious to find out more!I was absolutely in complete awe....when I saw his work.Amazing that human hands made it eh?xoxo

flossy-p said...

I agree they are kinda creepy, but SO amazing. I've seen quite a few in the flash now too over the years, and each time I'm mesmerised by them. The pores in the skin for god's sake!!!

The first one I saw was an undersized boy sitting on a stool in the corner, face to the wall, with a little set of wings.

The one that effected me the most was a very old woman, curled into a foetal position under a thin sheet, eyes, closed. It actually made me cry.

Luhlahh said...

Ohhhh! I just saw a Patricia Piccinini Sculpture "Big Mother" in Adelaide.
http://artabase.net/exhibition/2131-big-mother-patricia-piccinini
Spooky and though provoking. I'm a bit jealous that you get to see the Muecks...