I LOVE Ron Mueck. I think he is amazing. I could look at his sculptures all day. Just so perfect. Slightly disturbing at times, but still perfect. Each hair follicle, wrinkle, fold of skin just so realistic. The way he changes the scale of things. Making life size figures larger than life or smaller than life….and so to come to his home town and find an exhibition currently on of his work was brilliant.
Take for example his poignant work of art “Dead Dad” which first brought him to the attention of the international artworld. A teeny weeny replica of his own father – about the size of an arm (102cm long). We peered at it today at his exhibition in The National Gallery of Victoria and my son said “was his dad really that small?”….
“A Girl”. A massively over-scale representation of a newly born baby, five metres in length. Complete with umbilical cord and covered in blood:-
“Woman With Sticks” a little tiny woman, inexplicably naked carrying a bundle of twigs….she looks determined and unquestioning as she carries her back breaking messy package god knows where – perhaps just a simple look at what we have to carry with us through life – actually she’s looking pretty cheerful about it all:-
“Man In Boat”. He is about the same size as “Woman With Sticks” and perhaps, once again it just sums up confusion and vulnerability on life’s journey. He’s certainly got a “where the f*ck am I going” look about him, with an obvious acceptance that he isn’t going to be able to take himself in a specific direction:-
“Boy Wonder”, another beautiful teeny weeny specimin. This time with a tragic message about knife culture and violence. He looks so shocked at the wound that has been inflicted on him:-
“Old Woman In Bed”. I find this one very touching but depressing…
“Mask II” a huge incredibly realistic face with an empty shell at the back which is very disconcerting:-
You must go and see a Ron Mueck exhibition – even if it means flying out to Melbourne before the 18th April 2010.