CAC Málaga, the City Council-run showcase for contemporary art, presents Ron Mueck’s first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum or art centre. The show features a monumental sculpture of a baby, five metres tall, made from polyester resin. This is accompanied by maquettes, videos and colour tests illustrating the creative process behind the piece, as well as a documentary on the artist. Open until June 17, the exhibition is sponsored by local firms HCP & Arquitectos Asociados and Uni-on casas con corazón.
A Girl typifies the Australian artist’s habit of using vastly exaggerated dimensions to portray the human, whilst also clearly embodying influences from classical sculpture, the most important, indeed, practically the only, reference in Mueck’s piece. Not in vain are pregnancy, birth and motherhood among the recurring themes in a sculptural work that approaches classical subjects from a modern, uninhibited standpoint.
Mueck is a clear and representative example of contemporary sculpture, in which a salient feature is the masterful use of scale. His universe is framed within the hyperrealist tradition, by a naturalism that is taken to extremes. Ron Mueck does not merely imitate reality; he imbues his figures with the ability to express feelings, persuading the viewer that these are works with their own inner life and psychological depths.
In his text for the exhibition catalogue, CAC Málaga director Fernando Francés confesses that, of all the artists that have moved him, Ron Mueck is perhaps the only one to have done so by modifying reality towards exaggeration, whether by defect or through excess. According to Francés, Mueck’s works “generate a surprising provocation in the viewer’s gaze, and they do so not only by the dramatic quality and the coldness that his figures reflect and represent, but also by their modification of the established, the way they break the laws of balance, changing the natural status of people and things”.
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