One of the most amazing art exhibitions I have ever seen, and I’ve seen exhibitions all over the world being an art nut, was Ron Meuck’s exhibition at the Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu). Meuck is an Australian sculptor mainly of human figures but manipulating perspective. His work is truly jaw-dropping and amazing. Walking into a room, you will be confronted with a colossal baby, or a giant naked man, or two tiny women gossiping, or a dead man who is disorientatingly 40% life-size. His work is incredibly real, so his proportionality is very off-putting. If you ever get a chance to see Meuck, I totally recommend you do. It will be very memorable.
Ron Mueck began his career working on an Australian children’s television programme making puppets. He progressed to film, notably Labyrinth (David Bowie) for which he also contributed the voice of Ludo, and Jim Henson (Muppets) movies.
He moved to London, making photo-realistic props and animatronics for the advertising industry before embarking on his successful fine-art sculptural career.