- Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, purchased 2019 by Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation with assistance from Catherine and David Boyer, Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Charlotte and Marcel Gray, Ben Gough Family Foundation, Jenny and Andrew Smith, Gabrielle Tasman and Ken Lawn, Christchurch Art Gallery Foundation’s London Club along with 514 other generous individuals and companies
- Courtesy Anthony d’Offay, London
- Mixed media
- 860 x 1400 x 800mm
Ron Mueck is an internationally renowned, UK-based Australian sculptor who makes astonishingly life-like sculptures of people. Rarely life-sized, they are typically realised at either a vast or reduced scale, and caught in moments that are both everyday and puzzling. Here amidst a selection of mainly historical realist paintings, Mueck’s compelling chicken / man might seem an unlikely inclusion. But like these other works, it echoes common human experience, respecting human vulnerability and the weight of memory and loss.Along with thematic and emotional resonances, it also recalls the archetype of artist and muse – Mueck finding expressive potential in another person’s meticulously observed human frame. Meanwhile across the kitchen table, bird and man face each other intently.
(Persistent encounters, March 2020)