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Who says size doesn’t matter?

I’ve been thinking about how size and scale impact the emotional punch of the work.

Mueck, R. A Girl. 2002

Mueck, R. A Girl. 2002

Mueck, R. Boy. 2002

Mueck, R. Boy. 2002

One of my favourite artists Ron Mueck uses this to his advantage with his super real silicone sculptures. Mueck, with a background in theatre design grew up as the son of a toy maker. As father and son sometimes will, they shared a passion for making things. Have a look at his current show at Hauser and Wirth on Saville Row, London.

But I have a particular soft spot for some of his earlier works, especially the squatting boy and the newborn baby shown here. They simply take my breath away. I am compelled to visually survey them – with something more deliberate than looking, something akin to inspection – and to do it with a mix of awe and empathy. And mild horror. Ron Mueck’s works humble me; they drive us to confront our basal truth while evoking an emotional response to ugliness and beauty simultaneously.

And it’s all to do with the scale and the hyper-real – the uncanny feeling that things out of normal proportion are somehow more than real.

Which leads me to these works by the street artist Evol. He is based in Dresden, Germany and paints directly onto objects found as part of our streetscape; objects with other functions such as electrical boxes or airconditioning covers and various maintenance units.

EVOL. Stencil onto cardboard box. 2010

EVOL. Stencil onto cardboard box. 2010

He also produces a range of cardboard work mostly using boxes flattened out and stencilled onto. These are sensitive, delicate and generate a strange nostalgia for things large, impersonal and concrete. They mess with your sense of the world.

Evol’s works are the opposite to Ron Mueck’s in that they miniaturise the world we live in, scaling down to doll’s house size our concrete megastructures, things in our world that are so large we rarely see them. They make you look down to see things that we normally look up to see. Simply awesome.

 

 

 

 

Have a look at the gallery for more of EVOL’s work.

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