Washington, D.C. is a great town to visit and is full of classical government monuments and office buildings and marvelous museums to meander through. After a tumultuous day participating in The Woman’s March a few Saturday’s ago, my gal-crew…inclusive of my 10 year old granddaughter, Ila… decided to spend a calm Sunday brunching & museuming it up. Our final stop was at the well known contemporary art museum, the Hirschhorn Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden.
At the entrance to the exhibition of the permanent collection we were immediately confronted by an impressive sculpture called “Big Man” by Australian artist, Ron Mueck. This sculpture was amazingly super realistic in every aspect except that it was extremely HUGE in scale. Totally impressed by this piece, I started searching on line about Mueck and became completely mesmerized by his body of work.
Mueck uses a combination of silicon, fiberglas, resin, hair and a variety of other materials to create these super-realistic sculptures. His background is in making photo-realistic props for movies and advertisements but his talent as a fine artist has brought these skills to new heights.
His sculptures tell a story of ordinary people in ordinary poses….be they only a head or a complete body and the impact is derived from the scale…tremendous, realistic or small at times… and the ability to recreate every detail with such amazing realism. You actually want to reach out and touch them if the museum would actually allow that.
I have included some pictures of his work that I found on line…thank you BoredPanda.com & The Atlantic…. just to tantalize you and encourage you to watch for any exhibition of his work in a museum near where you live. Please note the size of the people next to the sculptures!
Here is also a great video where you can more appreciate his talent and his use of scale to make the biggest impact with his sculptures. Each person he depicts appears alive to me and to be thinking some great thought that Mueck wants you to create as you observe his work.
Fascinating work…wonderful to see in person…hope you get the opportunity to do so!
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!