Ron Mueck, is showing at the National Gallery of Victoria until mid April, so there’s plenty of time to get there if you are in Melbourne and havn’t seen it yet.
It is an amazing show.
Mueck works in a hyper-realistic style that is at once disquieting and familiar. He plays with scale – enormous newborn vs tiny old ladies. This is, apparently the largest body of his work ever presented in one show. And, while sparse, I’m not sure the pieces could inhabit a smaller space and breathe happily together.
Each one (some dwarfed, some gigantic) holds such perfect, astonishing detail that I found myself studying the placement of stubble. Looking at the variations between coarse and fine leg hairs – and wondering how each hair was crafted, and noticing the amazing detail in costume in some. How perfectly the fabric sat, how delicate the stocking folds were around the ankles of the old ladies, how luminous the skin was.
This ‘mask’ was enormous. As was the fellow in the chair…
Really worth a look if you can get there – and travelling to QLD and New Zealand soon after.