Monday, March 9, 2009
Charles Ray is a contemporary sculptor known for his manipulation of scale in ways that alter a viewer's perception of a piece. There is a jarring disconnect between reality and the fantastical size of his subjects - lending a sense of the unnatural or the surreal. This piece, entitled "Fall '91" presents increadibly life-like figures, scaling them proportionally incorrect. I think this sculpture in particular conveys a strong message. The woman, standing tall and strong, has a sense of bold confidence, while the man, small and gazing upward, seems overshadowed and meek. Perhaps Ray is attempting to demonstrate the power of the modern female - unashamed of her feminity in a bright pink suit.