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Ron Mueck and Guy Ben-Ner
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

26 June – 4 September 2010
in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square

Curated by Jonathan Shaughnessy

Opening: Friday 25 June 2010 from 7:30 pm–8:30 pm at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square, followed by a reception at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens from 8:30 pm–10:00 pm.

The exhibition Real Life: Ron Mueck and Guy Ben-Ner showcases two important voices in contemporary art who share a common interest in a direct, hands-on approach to art-making capable of bridging the gap between experience and our reflection on it. The work of Australian-born, London-based sculptor Ron Mueck, drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, is exhibited alongside the work of increasingly prominent Israeli-born artist Guy Ben-Ner.

Taken together, the work of these two artists creates a narrative in Real Life about the contradictions of the human condition: the need to live collectively and responsibly while locked into our individual experiences and desires, and the blunt reality that birth and death mark moments of absolute separation. Following Ron Mueck’s outstanding solo show at the National Gallery in 2007, Real Life offers viewers the opportunity to investigate this aspect of his production in greater detail by following his evocative sculptures on a journey from the beginning to end of life. At the same time, the exhibition serves to introduce a comprehensive selection from the exciting and original oeuvre of Guy Ben-Ner, works that humorously but critically engage the everyday dramas of real life, as our relationships with others, and ourselves, take shape.

Click here to download "Real Life by Hand: Ron Mueck and Guy Ben-Ner" a text by Johnathan Shaughnessy

In-kind support by J.H. Ryder Machinery Limited, Rona and Speers Road Broadloom.

Image credit (previous page) : Ron Mueck, A Girl, 2006, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2007 with the generous support of F. Harvey Benoit and Dr. Lynne Freiburger-Benoit. Photo © NGC.
Image credit (this page) : Guy Ben-Ner, Stealing Beauty, 2007, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2008. Photo © NGC.

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