Simulacrum art and globalisation
Contemporary Art | | Simulacrum, or its grotesque side, transcends time, space and decorative, ornamental, literary, caricatural and artistic categories. Fascinated with the « real » , a number of modern-day artists from all continents are turning to figurative realism and giving their works the illusion of reality.
With his hyper-realist sculptures, Duane Hanson has introduced middle-class American life into galleries. A perfect technique imbues these scenes with a disturbing air of reality. Life-sized figurines act out the simulated reality of a debunked American dream. Ron Mueck ’s hyper-realism plays with proportions, scales and points of view. Here, the technique once again illustrates a fascination for the real and gives the pieces the power to exorcise the social anxiety that they convey.
Mauricio Cattelan also plays with proportions. But the obscene, the absurd and an element of metamorphosis give the Italian’s work a grotesque feel. Crazy creations showcase a disillusioned reality. Yue Minjun’s canvases depicting laughing characters are both grotesque and falsely comical. Masked by bursts of laughter, the bitter critique of Chinese society is no less evident. The simulated contemporary world transfigures and mocks reality; simulacrum art puts us face to face with reality and its disturbing uncertainty in order to better elude and exorcise these notions.