"Lifelike" Shows Just How Bizarre Banality Can Be | Licinia | Scoop.it

Some of the works strive to be indecipherable from their everyday inspirations, while others play with scale and material to impart an understated surrealism. All of the lifelike objects contain a quiet poetry, asking viewers to step outside of the endless flood of images and focus on just one. Ron Muek's sculpture "Crouching Boy in Mirror" gains a supernatural power from being "too human," while the delicate texture of Yoshihiro Suda's "Weeds" betrays its materials.

These humble works question the limits of authenticity. Can it be perfected? Manufactured like a craft? Our spectacle-centric lives capture and distort authenticity at once by putting it on view. This exhibition, in a way, does the opposite. It doesn't aim to capture authenticity -- the works are obviously replicas made by the artists -- but aims to transcend it, giving it "magical realism." Encountering these pieces gives a similar feeling to seeing a blender for the first time and swearing it must be extraordinary.


Via Philippe Lejeune