Duane Hanson, Supermarket Shopper, 1970

In this creepily realistic sculpture, Hanson critiques middle America and consumerism. The woman depicted is not idealized in any way, and probably wouldn’t be the type of person to frequent an art gallery, although that’s exactly where Hanson has placed her. Hanson was precise and obsessed with surface; unlike a Chuck Close or Richard Estes painting, Hanson’s illusion of reality holds as the viewer moves closer and closer to the piece, charging the viewer’s body in relation to the work, creating a tension between actual reality and Hanson’s faux reality.

 

Posted on December 6 2012, with 1147 Notes

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