A friend of mine just turned me on to the fantastically strange sculptures of Ron Mueck. The Australian artist currently has an exhibition up through September at the Foundation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, France. Mueck started his career as a model maker and a puppeteer, which is evident in this great attention to detail and sculpting. Mueck even worked on the iconic cult classic children’s film Labyrinth, Storyteller, as well as other films.
What struck me the most is the sheer size of some of these sculptures. They are massive!
To get a better idea of the scale of these fantastic pieces, click this link: http://www.boredpanda.com/13-hyper-realistic-sculptures-by-ron-mueck/.
Once you get past how disarming the size is, you are overwhelmed by the detail. Every wrinkle, every blemish, every hair… it’s remarkable. Check out this link to get a better idea of what went into the creation of this exhibition: http://www.yatzer.com/ron-mueck-fondation-cartier-paris.
It’s interesting to be the observer and be sort of separate from the sculptures… almost like we are just seeing these people in the ordinary world, as the sculptures depict ordinary people doing relatively ordinary things. The fact that the sculptures do not seem to make direct eye contact with the viewer only compounds that feeling. Frankly, these sculptures make me extremely uncomfortable but I can’t take my eyes off them at the same time. They are challenging and overwhelming. I wish I could see them in real life.