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Rodney Glick
Defaced
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2008
Digital Print
112 x 166cm
Unique print

In his Defaced series Glick has done some violence to found Indonesian family photographs and their memories, and the real begins to resemble fiction. He has taken photographs and scratched out many of the faces that made these characters familiar and known. In doing so the people are cast adrift, rendered anonymous, their outward gaze cut off. Their relationship to the viewer is severed, and they are no longer known, living individuals but representatives of anyone or everyone.

For Glick to erase the faces is to allow imagination free reign, for the real features can now only be guessed at and new stories can be made up. To do so is to signal, too, the movement of memory into history, and the decline of the concrete and known subject into the anonymous past.

John Barrett-Lennard
Selected extract from God Favoured, Exhibition Catalogue, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia

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