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Real DeceptionsThe Contemporary Reinvention of Realism$
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Jennifer Friedlander

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190676124

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190676124.001.0001

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The Realistically Deceptive, or the Deceptively Real? Ron Mueck and the Internal Illusion

The Realistically Deceptive, or the Deceptively Real? Ron Mueck and the Internal Illusion

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(p.17) Chapter 1 The Realistically Deceptive, or the Deceptively Real? Ron Mueck and the Internal Illusion
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Real Deceptions
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Jennifer Friedlander

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190676124.003.0002

This chapter explores the hyperrealist, yet eerily distorted, sculptural figures created by Australian artist Ron Mueck. It argues that Mueck’s use of scale to disrupt the impression of perfected reality lures spectators into an illusion which challenges them to question the symbolic system’s guarantee that fiction and reality can be unequivocally adjudicated. An engagement with his work in relationship to other art and media pieces (in particular, the 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl; the stand-up comedy of New Zealand duo Flight of the Conchords; the BBC sitcom Love Soup; and Mark Jenkins’s public art figures) helps point to ways in which realism may contribute to a political aesthetic project.

Keywords:   Ron Mueck, Lars and the Real Girl, Mark Jenkins, the big Other, metalanguage, trompe l’oeil

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