ron mueck

Two Women, 2005. Mixed media, 33 1/2 x 18 7/8 x 15 in. (85.1 x 47.9 x 38.1 cm).

Big Man, 2000. Mixed media, 80 x 47 1/2 x 80 1/2 in. (203.2 x 120.7 x 204.5 cm).

In Bed, 2005. Mixed media, 63 3/4 x 255 7/8 x 155 1/2 in. (161.9 x 649.9 x 395 cm).

known for his extraordinarily lifelike renderings of his subjects, (five of which were commissioned by the fondation cartier pour l’art contemporain in paris), ron mueck was the artist that I first saw in 2005 at the sensation exhibit in london (and then again in brooklyn). the pieces are made of “mixed media”, appear to be of wax and real hair. every detail is so vivid its almost unbelievable. the skin seems transparent and the hair, each individually set in, seem hyper real. one peice commemorating the death of mueck’s father via a smaller than life-size sculpture (not pictured here) has a reality inline with that of the hyper realist painters of the days past. the work is surely worth a look. by dd