If you like confronting and hyper-realistic art, the Ron Mueck exhibition in Brisbane is a must-see. By Anna Hager
Artist Ron Mueck is famous for his lifelike sculptures of humans, which he creates with his unique, evocative and introspective style. And this Brisbane exhibition, held between May 8 and August 1, 2010, is his largest and most extensive ever showcased in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mueck’s sculptures often portray naked figures, which seem suspended in a state of contemplation and expose physical and emotional reality. For some viewers they’ve even been said to evoke feelings of awkwardness and voyeurism because of their realistic and detailed portrayal of the human body and state of mind.
This talent and ability to expose real life emotions and create life-like mirror images of humans has made Mueck one of the most significant and internationally acclaimed figures in the contemporary art world.
He was born in 1958 in Melbourne and started off his early career as a model maker and puppeteer for children’s television and films. From there he soon moved on to establish his own business in London, creating realistic props for the advertising industry.
However, these were only made to be photographed from a certain angle and when viewed from the other side, exposed the construction process and the mess that comes with it. So, Mueck decided to transition his talent to the fine arts in 1996, when he started to produce small figures as part of a tableau his mother in law was showing at the Heyward Gallery.
This talent and ability to expose real life emotions and create life-like mirror images of humans, has made Mueck one of the most significant and internationally acclaimed figures in the contemporary art world.
Soon, the likes of Charles Saatchi started to collect and commission Mueck’s work. His career sky rocketed when his five metre sculpture Boy was featured at the 1999 Venice Biennale, where Mueck represented Australia. The same year he was also appointed Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London.
By now you probably understand that this is a very special treat for all art lovers out there. Not only will you be able to see some of Mueck’s most famous work, but you’ll also have the privilege to see first-hand some of his newest sculptures.
It’s a must see exhibition, which is bound to make you think and your senses tingle as the workings of the human body and emotions are exposed in lifelike sculptures by the famous Ron Mueck.
Details // GoMA Ron Mueck Exhibition
Where // Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
When // From May 8 – August 1, 2010
Contact // www.qag.qld.gov.au