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Ron Muek at Hauser & Wirth Art Opening Wednesday 18th April 2012

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20120417 125952 Ron Muek at Hauser & Wirth Art Opening Wednesday 18th April 2012
Drift, 2009 Mixed media 118 x 96 x 21 cm / 46 1/2 x 37 3/4 x 8 1/4 in

20120417 130013 Ron Muek at Hauser & Wirth Art Opening Wednesday 18th April 2012
Still Life, 2009 Mixed media 218 x 91 x 60 cm / 85 7/8 x 35 7/8 x 23 5/8 in

20120417 130009 Ron Muek at Hauser & Wirth Art Opening Wednesday 18th April 2012
Youth, 2009 Mixed media 65 x 28 x 16 cm / 25 5/8 x 11 x 6 1/4 inPlinth: 107 x 40 x 40 cm / 42 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in

20120417 130004 Ron Muek at Hauser & Wirth Art Opening Wednesday 18th April 2012
Woman with sticks, 2008 Mixed media 187 x 230 x 86 cm / 73 5/8 x 90 1/2 x 33 7/8 in (overall) 85 cm / 33 1/2 inches (figure) 76 x 143 x 115 cm / 29 7/8 x 56 1/4 x 45 1/4 in (plinth)

19th April – 26th May Hauser & Wirth London, Savile Row

Hauser & Wirth is to present Ron Mueck’s debut exhibition with the gallery and his first major solo presentation in London for over a decade. The works shown in this exhibition highlight Mueck’s unique form of realism and his poignant use of scale and placement. Using contemporary subjects, Mueck explores timeless themes depicted throughout traditional art history, encouraging the viewer to identify with the human condition.

Mueck’s sculptures link reality to the world of folklore, myth and magic. ‘Woman with Sticks’, a sturdy, middle-aged woman struggling to contain an unwieldy bundle of sticks nearly twice her size, suggests a woman tackling the near-impossible tasks set in fairytales and legends. Completely
naked, this woman represents the ‘eternal feminine’, a topic that fascinated artists such as Cezanne and Gauguin. Where these artists focussed on the idyllic model, Mueck uses hair, skin and a physical build far from the norms of classical beauty. This woman is active, not contemplative; vigorous and energetic, not delicate and demure.

The recent work ‘Youth’ is a boy wearing low-slung jeans and a blood-stained white T-shirt. With a look of incredulity reminiscent of Saint Thomas demanding to inspect the wounds of Christ,
he pulls up his shirt to reveal an open stab wound in his side. ‘Youth’ is a portrait of the thoughtlessness of childhood; of a person not yet grown up who comes face to face with the incomprehensibility of mortality.

Mueck’s ‘Drift’ is a small-scale sculpture of a lightly tanned man sporting tropical swim shorts and dark sunglasses, lying on a lilo with his arms outstretched. Instead of floating in a swimming pool, ‘Drift’ is installed high on the gallery wall, seeming to disappear off into the distance. Held up only by a puff of air and a sheet of plastic, the precariousness of ‘Drift’ provokes questions of the brevity of life. Like many of Mueck’s works, both ‘Youth’ and ‘Drift’ tap into powerful and universal emotional states, enabling the viewers to create their own narratives.

Suspended in the centre of the gallery is ‘Still Life’, a dead chicken, stripped of its feathers, hung by its bound feet and enlarged to human size. Mueck’s title directly references the genre of still life, a subject that has given rise to a variety of artistic explorations of the bounty of nature and its consumption. But always in these works, and in Mueck’s ‘Still Life’, the fear of death acts as a balance to the fecundity of life.

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