Rodney Glick in collaboration with Miles Glick
Project Team
Komang Suryana, Wayan Darmadi, Made Agus

Chinese Melem
2013- 2015
Carved wood, acrylic paint, gold leaf
190 height x 60 cm width x 60cm depth

Double Pineapple
Carved suar wood, acrylic paint
20 cm height x 28 cm diameter

White Rabbit Totem
Carved suar wood, acrylic paint
150 cm height x 30 cm width x 30cm depth

Rodney Glick is an Australian artist who gets inspiration and insights from his daily experiences of living in Bali. The current exhibition presents his series of three-dimensional artworks Everyone-Everyday.

The Everyone part is a series of carved wooden artworks created over the last decade about peoples potential to be spiritually enlightened or, at the least, connected to another world. A god-like pose struck by the sitters, realistically carved in wood portraying ordinary people, are then located in unordinary settings.

The Everyday part comprises objects, such as tables, bricks, textiles, and found stones that make up the bases that the Everyone sculptures sits on. Photographically painted Everyday objects found scattered throughout our lives are beautifully carved in wood. Almost boringly insignificant everyday stuff that everyone has around them are set aside, isolated and celebrated.

Along with the exceptionally crafted objects humor infuses each of the artworks and encourages the viewer to become engaged with the ideas presented.

Glicks works offer a cynical and humorous criticism of reality, especially the reality of contemporary Bali. His Everyone sculptures and Everyday objects expose the contradiction, the irony, the senseless, the illogic, and the irrationality that have become so embedded in contemporary society that people have become numb to them. Despite its radical criticism of our society today, Glicks art is metaphorical and funny. It is the art that leads us to think on deeper level without making us feel intimidated.

In particular, the images of ordinary people in god-like pose imply skepticism towards the systems of belief, such as religion. They remind us softly, but persistently, that the religious icons which many people revere are nothing but artificial objects. Any sacred idols are simply images, no different from Glicks sculptures, which represent mere virtual reality.

By Arif Bagus Prasetyo, edited version of an exhibition catalogue for Tony Raka Gallery

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