Glick’s foreign and familiar gods now at Lismore Gallery
EASTERN deities take the form of Western people in the latest exhibition at the Lismore Regional Gallery.
The show - called Hi, I'm Everyone... - features the sculpture work of Rodney Glick, an Australian artist currently living and working in Indonesia.
For 25 years, Mr Glick has been creating ambitious and diverse projects that combine real, spiritual and imagined realms.
Hi, I'm Everyone… includes four artworks from Glick's Everyone Series.
For this body of work Mr Glick has depicted people he knows, but he calls them "everyone", and then assigns a number for the practical purpose of distinguishing the works from one another.
Dressed in contemporary clothing and with physiques that align them with people in our own lives, Mr Glick's subjects are like anyone we might pass in the street or sit next to on a plane.
They are anonymous, ordinary people, neither above nor below us in any social or spiritual sphere.
The artist's pun of depicting Western individuals as Eastern gods turns the traditional form he references on its head.
Mr Glick has captured his subjects at a moment in their lives, highlighting mortality.
They appear awkward and inadequate in their god-like stances, handicapped by human frailties.
Then, in the same breath, Mr Glick's sculptures highlight the god-likeness of human beings. The works have spiritual presence and dignity, springing from the subjects' very humanity and the lineage of the sculptures.