Monday, October 15, 2007

Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck is a London-based photo-realist artist. Born in Melbourne,Australia, to parents who were toy makers, he labored on children's television shows for 15 years before working in special effects for such films as Labyrinth, a 1986 fantasy epic starring David Bowie.

Eventually Mueck concluded that photography pretty much destroys the physical presence of the original object, and so he turned to fine art and sculpture.

In the early 1990's, still in his advertising days, Mueck was commissioned to make something highly realistic, and was wondering what material would do the trick. Latex was the usual, but he wanted something harder, more precise. Luckily, he saw a little architectural decor on the wall of a boutique and inquired as to the nice, pink stuffs nature. Fiberglass resin was the answer, and Mueck has made it his bronze and marble ever since.

His work is lifelike but not life size and I find it amazing.


Cindra said...

His work IS amazing. Where did you see it?

dee said...

The firsst thing I thought of is Labyrinth. It's not a movie I saw but my son did and there have been several in that genre. His work is stunning-really stunning. You can't look away and don't really want to. His "people" have a touch of the Diane Arbus thing going on for me. Terrible beauty is what someone called her pictures and his work puts me in mind of that style. Thanks Tommy, this was really amazing to see.

Anonymous said...

When I clicked on your blog just now I thought: 'what an old baby'! And who placed that baby on such a hard floor?

I watched a programme about the artist working in his studio, an amazing amount of work goes into each piece.

QuiltingFitzy said...

I'm not a museum-goer, therefore I miss alot of great art.

This is just fantastic, thanks for bringing it to me.

Labyrinth is a terrific movie!

Owens Family Adventures said...

Wow..his work is wonderful. I think I could spend a whole day just sitting and staring at some of his sculptures. Labyrinth is a good example Dee!

elaine said...

This is just creepy. Amazing, but creepy.