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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Extra ordinary realistic sculptures

Ron Mueck art is about love, loneliness, family, relationships. It can be understood by anyone. It has nothing to do with what’s in vogue in metropolitan London (which makes it great for Edinburgh).

And although Mueck’s technique is of our time, he trained in puppetry, including at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, and has taken the lifelike modeling techniques used in cinema to the gallery.

Only the most hidebound snob could fail to recognize that he is using models to achieve what sculptors of the past set out to do: to animate and dramatize the beauty and pity of what William Blake called “the human form divine”. Be startled, amazed, awed, moved or just plain gob-smacked. This is an extra-ordinary exhibition!