New Exhibit At A&M Has Folks Doing Doubletakes

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

When you walk into the Stark Gallery on the Texas A&M Campus, you might think their newest exhibit is on guard. But if you look a little closer, you'll realize it's actually the first piece of the Marc Sijan Ultra-Realistic Sculpture display.

You won't know whether to say hello or to examine these works of art. From scars to skin blemishes, all of the pieces will make you wonder how something inanimate could look so human.

"I'm really wondering what they're thinking. I want to know the mood behind the statue because they express so much emotion. They're really cool though!" said Texas A&M student Julé Carruth.

It takes 6 month to a year to complete each piece and for an artist who's inspiration is Michelangelo's David, you'd never expect something so normal looking.

"He didn't want to do perfect figures, he wanted to do the ordinary person. That's what makes it interesting, trying to capture all the essence of what makes a person look real." said the Stark Galleries director Catherine Hastedt.

And it's the smallest details that seem to fool the mind into thinking that what your looking at is real.

"We have a life size standing figure of a large man in swim trunks. And if you look at his feet, you can tell he's crammed his feet into shoes that are a little to small because his feet are red where the shoe is touching the feet. We also have a ballet dancer and you can see the calluses on the bottoms of her feet and her fingers." said Hastedt.

"They look to real to be freaky, the just look like normal people." said Carruth.

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