Sculpture as deconstruction: The aesthetic practice of Ron Mueck

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Journal Article
Visual Communication, 2013, 12 (1), pp. 3 - 25
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This article analyses recent (2009) work of Australian-born, British-based hyperrealist sculptor, Ron Mueck, in order to show how it not only engages with a range of specific contemporary concerns and debates, but also operates as a visual deconstruction of Cartesian subjectivity. In order to identify Mueck's deconstructive practice, the article uses a combination of multimodal, sensory and discourse analyses to situate Mueck's work discursively and institutionally, and to explore the ways in which it provokes reader engagement. As the author identifies, each of the works - Youth, Still life and Drift - addresses specific issues and they all provoke a self-reflexive engagement that brings together all aspects of viewer engagement (sensory, emotional, intellectual, spiritual), challenging the mind/body dichotomy that characterizes the Cartesian subject. © The Author(s), 2012.
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