Ancient sculptures used to be realistic. They were made of the finest marble. Some say they were examples of real craftsmanship, a real hyper sculptor. And indeed, gazing at works of Michael Angelo in Louvre or Rome, may leave You speechless. They represent the ultimate perfection and they will survive atomic blast. So can a sculpture be even more realistic? In the early 2000’s, so called hyperealism was born, focuses much more of its emphasis on details.
Sculptures utilize polyesters applied directly onto the human body or mold. Basically the sculptures look very, very real, almost alive. No more marble, no more chisel. Instead you have the finest plastic, silicone, polyester. Sculptors became engineers. — C.Gretkus
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In 1996 Mueck transitioned to Fine art, collaborating with his mother-in-law, Paula Rego, to produce small figures as part of a tableau she was showing at the Hayward Gallery. Rego introduced him to Charles Saatchi who was immediately impressed and started to collect and commission work. This led to the piece that made Mueck’s name, Dead Dad, being included in the Sensation show at the Royal Academy the following year. Dead Dad is a silicone and mixed media sculpture of the corpse of Mueck’s father reduced to about two thirds of its natural scale. It is the only work of Mueck’s that uses his own hair for the finished product. Mueck’s sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images. His five metre high sculpture Boy 1999 was a feature in the Millennium Dome and later exhibited in the Venice Biennale. Today it sits as the centerpiece in the foyer off the Danish Contemporary Art Museum ARoS in Aarhus. In 1999 Mueck was appointed as Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London. During this two-year post he created the works Mother and Child, Pregnant Woman, Man in a Boat, and Swaddled Baby. In 2002 his sculpture Pregnant Woman was purchased by the National Gallery of Australia for A$800,000. — Wikipedia
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Ron Mueck was born in Australia to German parents. He began his career working on the Australian children’s television program Shirl’s Neighbourhood. He was the creative director and made, voiced and operated the puppets Greenfinger the Garden Gnome, Ol’ Possum, Stanley the snake and Claude the Crow amongst many others. The show was made for Channel 7 Melbourne between 1979 and 1984, broadcast nationally and starred the ex-lead singer of Skyhooks, Graeme “Shirley” Strachan. Mueck’s early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children’s television and films, notably the film Labyrinth for which he also contributed the voice of Ludo, and the Jim Henson series The Storyteller.
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09.08.2014. London

RON MUECK — real hyper sculptor
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