Friday, October 12

Is it Real? Or is it ........




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 stuff's nature. Fiberglass resin was the answer, and Mueck has made it his bronze and marble ever since.


































21 comments:

Seamus said...

That's cool! Freaky, but cool!

tiff said...

Whoa. A giant disembodied baby head. That's weird.

I want it.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I've seen his work before and it amazes me every time.

Shephard said...

Absolutely amazing. I really enjoyed seeing these. Must send B here to see them.
~S

.:mar said...

His works are truly amazing!!!

sage said...

Looks like an illustration for some of Jonathan Swift's stories

sister AE said...

Wow! The off-normal sizes counteract the realism of these. I find them very disturbing, but many I also find compelling.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you Michele sent me.

Betty said...

Wow! I'd love to see his work in person. Love the little old ladies.

Joy Des Jardins said...

These are really amazing Judy. To see them in person must be startling. Thanks so much.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I think he is a TRUE Genius. A pure Artist, through and through! Amazing stuff, Judy...
Thanks so much for posting this...I was familiar with the Man Sitting In The Corner, and one or two others....But to see the size and scope if his work next to 'Live' real people...That is extrordinary, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

OMG...I would LOVE to see his work in real life. This is excellent!!!!! I need to show these to my kids!

Carmi said...

This is the stuff of nightmares. Fantastically detailed, kinda enjoyable nightmares, mind you. What a gift!

Michele's glad she sent me to be blown away by his artistry. His work needs to make its way closer to my neck of the woods.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

I'm into the big baby head.

Awareness said...

I can't believe we havent heard about this sculpture before, or maybe it's just me who hasn't seen any of his work.

That is very creepy and yet alluring or something. I'm going back to peak again.

thanks Judy........hmmmmmm I wonder if they have any names?

Janet said...

I've seen his work online before, so very interesting! Would love to see it IRL some day!

Hi, Michele sent me :-)

colleen said...

Wow. That is freaky! I'd love to see that show.

LZ Blogger said...

These are just bizarre! ~ jb///

Charles said...

Memorex?

Charles said...

By the way... Michele sent me...

rosemary said...

Ok, I am thinking this art is just too weird for me.

Jamie Dawn said...

All I can say is WOW!
That artists's work is extraordinary!!
I can't believe how real the people look.
I believe this trumps the condom gowns.