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Ron Mueck sculptures......how do you react?

 
 
Miklos7
 
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Reply Sat 9 Feb, 2008 12:57 pm
I definitely agree with those of you who find the Mueck sculptures to be vivid and affecting--and those qualities are worth a lot in an art work. However, when I imagine these pieces in various familiar contexts--gallery, museum, sculpture garden, home--trying to see them in the most favorable setting (for me), I feel nothing from the Muecks that would pull me back for another look. To me, the inspiration to visit and revisit, each time seeing something newly revealed, is the premier quality of first-rate art, no matter what the genre.

Of course, looking at art second-hand is an inferior way for me to judge its power, so I may well be missing physical and psychological textures that I would find intriguing in person.

For me, superior art works rather like the narrator in an engrossing book. There is a quiet voice saying, "You, yes you, please come here. I've got something to show you that will really open your eyes." Working from images alone of Mueck, I hear no such invitation. I will need to see his work in person and will try to do so. I am drawn to figurative art.

Thanks very much for the link to the video of Mueck's process.
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JLNobody
 
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Reply Sat 9 Feb, 2008 02:25 pm
Miklos, you make important points: One of the things that inhibits my appreciation of much contemporary work (especially installations) is their inability to remain interesting. A work of art must be like a wife (as opposed to a transient lover): you can (and need to) live with her.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 4 Apr, 2010 02:01 am
I started a thread about Ron Muek but Francis very kindly directed me here.
Mumpad knows Ron's Mum through her work so we are off to Melb to have a look at the exhibition.
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 4 Apr, 2010 05:34 am
@dadpad,
Enjoy!!!

There's a fabulous new acquisition at the SA Art Gallery that reminds me of Mueck....called "Big Mother".


http://www.artknowledgenews.com/files2010feb/Patricia-Piccinini-Big-Mother.jpg




Quote:
Big Mother - Patricia Piccinini

Gallery 11 | Admission: Free
Art Gallery of South Australia

http://www.artgallery.sa.gov.au/agsa/home/Exhibitions/Big_Mother.html
Monday 01 February 2010 to Thursday 01 January 2015
Exhibition currently on at Art Gallery of South Australia in Australia
Send a Message
Meet our newest acquisition, Big Mother, a monumental sculpture of a genetically-engineered primate breastfeeding a human baby, by leading contemporary Australian artist Patricia Piccinini, now on display.

The extraordinary Big Mother, measures 1.75m and is made from silicone, fibreglass, leather and human hair. Piccinini was inspired to create the work after reading a story about a female baboon whose baby died while still nursing. The primate mother, overwhelmed by grief, abducted a human child as a substitute (the child was later recovered unharmed).

Big Mother is the most significant addition to the Gallery’s contemporary Australian art collection in recent times. The purchase has been made possible with funds donated through the Gallery’s Contemporary Collectors group of benefactors.



Mor eon her work....

http://www.patriciapiccinini.net/


(click on thumb prints and urls)



CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 4 Apr, 2010 09:16 am
@dlowan,
Yes, enjoy, dadpad and take some pictures if you can!

Interesting dlowan. Thanks for sharing. Patricia is more playful than Mueck
and I like her vision of human & animal fusion.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 4 Apr, 2010 05:39 pm
@dlowan,
Here's a thread I started on her a while ago, I find her really interesting:

http://able2know.org/topic/8962-1
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 4 Apr, 2010 07:32 pm
Meant to check out this exhibition at the Nat. Gallery a few weeks ago, when a friend & I were there. It looked fascinating! (But unfortunately we were both rather broke at the time, so ..) Thanks for reminding me. I'll try and get there before the school holiday break is over.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 11 Apr, 2010 01:20 am
Please do find the time Msolga.

I was surprisingly less emotionally affected that i thought i might be.
"Dead Dad" was, i thought, underwhelming in the emotion department.

All the sculptures were awe inspiring in their technical capacity and attention to detail, so much so that some of the details could only be seen from certain angles like the tiny teardrop in "Wild Mans" eye.
"Wild Mans" eyes seemed to follow me around the room and so lifelike I would not have been surprised if he had stood up and walked.
I liked the way the facial expressions seemed to change as i moved around each exhibit.

Two old ladies was my favorite.



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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 11 Apr, 2010 01:29 am
Photography was permitted without flash however due to the light it was difficult to get good shots. some are a touch out of focus

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/028.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/008.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/009.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/011.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/017.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/019.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/021.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/022.jpg
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 11 Apr, 2010 01:34 am
A Girl: Giant sculpture of a newborn girl child, complete with umbilical cord and blood.
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/031.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/032.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/033.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/034.jpg
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 11 Apr, 2010 01:43 am
Wild Man. The detailing was superb. His expression was kinda frightend and vulnerable yet at the same time i felt wary of the possibilty this 10 foot tall thing could leap up and scare the crap out of me.
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/036.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/038.jpg
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sun 11 Apr, 2010 01:45 am
Woman with Sticks (sorry about the quality)
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/040.jpg
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a40/dadpad/041.jpg
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JLNobody
 
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Reply Sun 11 Apr, 2010 10:15 am
This is a realism that is truly artistic, much more than nere re-presentation of observations. Such power.
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