Opening tomorrow @ 6pm @ Hauser & Wirth Saville Row, is a solo show of Ron Mueck. A debut exhibition with the gallery and Mueck’s first major solo presentation in London for over a decade, it will present 4 of his recent sculptures: Still Life (2009), Drift (2009), Youth (2009) and Woman with sticks (2008). All 4 pieces are executed in the artist’s own hyperrealistic style, using his poignant use of scale and placement. The eye-catcher is a ‘Still Life’ – a dead chicken enlarged to human size, stripped of its feathers and suspended by its bound feet in the centre of the gallery. Besides directly referencing the genre of still life, it also echos the physicality of death (hot topic in London’s art world at the moment ;-)) as opposed to the fecundity of life.
Ron Mueck was born in 1958 in Melbourne, Australia. He was trained & worked as professional puppeteer before becoming an artist, which is reflected in the craftsmanship & amazing execution of his sculptures. He now lives and works in London. Next year, he will have a solo exhibition @Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris.
The show @ Hauser & Wirth will run till May 26 2012. Don’t miss it!
(all images courtesy of Hauser & Wirth)