The Big Kiss, Chen Lei
Ive seen some of Ron Muecks work at the Tate before, and I thik its absolutly amazing. The two pieces that stood out tome most at manchesters exhibition were the spooning couple and wild man. Rons work plays with scale and although Mueck’s sculptures are astonishingly lifelike (despite their scale!), apparent realism is not ron muecks sole priority. Mueck wants us to believe that his figures are experiencing certain emotions and for us to empathise with these feelings. ‘Wild Man’ shows signs of extreme anxiety, even terror; he grips the stool and his toes press down onto the floor. Mueck has made him look doubly vulnerable. Despite dwarfing us mere mortals who look at him – he is nearly three metres high – his state of ongoing fear elicits a sympathetic response from us. Instead of our feeling intimidated by him, he seems intimidated by us.
The Spooning couple