Houston is a lot of things, but boring it definitely is not. My husband and I quickly realized after moving here that there is always something to do and we love it! Even though our ventures into the heart of the city usually revolve around restaurants, Houston is much more than good eats; it’s filled with culture, art, diversity, and entertainment! Over the course of the next few weeks the See Some City series will showcase my favorite parts of Houston – starting with my trip to the museum district so let’s jump right in!
I’ve got to thank Instagram for letting me know that Ron Meuck’s art was at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It created the setting for a laid back day date with the husband and I was extremely excited considering I missed his Fort Worth exhibition years ago. Meuck is known for creating works of art with an altered scale so some figures fill the room while others stand only a few feet tall. Despite the variation of size each piece is executed with precise and thoughtful detail that easily evokes emotion. We got as close as we could to each figure without stepping over the boundary line and touching the art, of course, to catch every subtle detail.
I’ve got to start by saying that I was most excited to see this. It’s become the face of his exhibitions on adverts around the city and with good reason. I loved this piece not only for it’s exaggerated size but the painstaking detail. The way his skin reacts to the platform it’s resting on…his facial hair and wrinkles…the color of his lips. It’s so lifelike!
Couple under an Umbrella.
This piece totally caught me by surprise – look how big it is! It was difficult to catch the intricacies of both subjects through a photograph but they stood out to me almost immediately when viewing it in person. His toenails, the wrinkles on the bottom of her foot, the gathering of her flesh under the weight of his hand, the veins on the top of his feet. I could go on and on.
My absolute favorite out of the bunch was this adorable, grumpy looking baby girl who is far from little in real life. The dried “blood” on her body, her pouty lips, the folds of skin on her forehead, even her right eye that is barely open caught my eye. Do all babies look angry and exhausted like this after childbirth? Just curious.
Woman with Shopping, Youth, Crouching Boy in Mirror.
These three were smaller sculptures but I appreciated the inspiration behind them and even their body positions and facial expressions. It’s very evident that Meuck draws inspiration from daily interactions, relationships, and the cycle of life, but his art is so normalized that Chris and I created our own opinions on what the figures could be thinking or feeling.
Despite its occasional eeriness, this exhibition is unforgettable and worth a visit in the flesh! You can enjoy this exhibition at the MFAH until August 13th; you can learn more about Meuck and buy tickets here.
Have you visited any of the museums in Houston? If so, which is your fave?