Ron Mueck ‘s detailing in a series of hyper-realistic sculptures

a series of hyper-realistic sculptures by Australian artist, Ron Mueck featured in the  Fondation Cartier  are quite surreal. lifelike human forms which mesmerism with their level of detailing and texture.  Several pieces of Mueck’s installation attempts to address distinct societal themes around immigration ( man in the boat) , motherhood ( pregnant) and depression (  Ron’s head). While there are the other ones which offer no theme , meaning  but mainly call for curiosity.

the underlining curiosity about them is the very minute mimicry of organic dermatology.  how they are open up with all the flaws, stretches and winkles of  their primary copy.  Mueck’s projects are characterized by how ”  hyper realistic” they look to the original eyes.  most are unsettling at best, and scary while others are soothing enough to admire.



Varying in scale from the gargantuan to the pint-sized, the reclusive Australian artist’s sculptures of men, women and children keep the viewer both enthralled and off-balance, unsure of what to expect around the next corner of the gallery or museum space.

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Ron Mueck, now working in the United Kingdom, was born in Melbourne, Australia. The son of German-born toy-makers, he grew up making creatures, puppets and costumes in his spare time, experimenting with materials and techniques.

He started his career as a model maker and puppeteer for children’s films (such as LabyrinthThe Storyteller and etc.). Later he was making photo-realistic props and animatronics for the advertising industry. In 1996 Mueck transitioned to fine art and in 1999 he was appointed as Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London.

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ronmueck05photo credit : Ron Mueck( Old people at the beach )


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