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January 2, 2006

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Sculptures from the Uncanny Valley

Check out this gallery of incredible sculptures by Ron Mueck — uncannily lifelike depictions of people at their most vulnerable, all scaled to smaller- or grossly larger-than-life dimensions. His work’s currently on exhibit at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. More Mueck. Google image search.

Posted January 2, 2006 at 8:11 | Comments (3) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Gleeful Miscellany


I dunno if you support html but

Ed. note: I changed this from an image link to a regular link so folks could see it. -- Matt

Posted by: Adrian, that soCal guy on January 2, 2006 at 10:10 PM

Those sculptures are AMAZING. I would love to see one in real life.

Adrian, U R weird.

The Hirshorn Museum had Mueck's "Untitled (Big Man)" (photo 11 on the WaPo slideshow) on display this summer. I was at the gallery by myself and literally giggled out loud when I first saw the sculpture. It was so suprising and so different from anything I've ever seen in a gallery. What's brilliant about the big man is not just that it's lifelike, but that its size is completely un-lifelike. Seeing it in person, I realized how vulnerable, sad and wise a naked, hairless giant person would be. And I really wished that I could just hang out and have a conversation with him. As far as I can remember, it's the only time I've ever wanted to hang out with a sculpture.

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