An image of Everyone no 83

Rodney Glick

(Australia 23 Apr 1964 – )

Made Leno

(Indonesia 1963 – )

Wayan Darmadi

(Indonesia 1971 – )

Dewa Tirtayasa

(Indonesia 19 Jan 1985 – )

Christopher Hill

(Australia 18 Jun 1944 – 15 Aug 2014)

Everyone no 83

Location
Not on display
Further information

An early Indian painting of Krishna and his consort Radha was the starting point for 'Everyone no 83' which shows a pair of lovers cloaked in lotus pedals. Krishna, friend to the heroic Pandawas brothers from the Mahabarata, and an incarnation of the great god Visnu, has consummated his love for Radha but then, according to Indian sources, went through a period of wanton play with a series of beautiful cowherd girls. Hearing of his infidelity Radha overcomes intense jealousy and in time returns to become his consort and eventually share his divine status. Even without knowing the background of this work, we might look at this representation of idealised love and wonder if all is as it seems, what emotions are the lovers concealing and what will happen when the petals fade and drop?

Wood carver Made Leno, who has worked with Glick on his previous series of sculptures, is a third generation woodcarver from the village of Kemenuh, south of Ubud [Bali]. He learnt his craft at an early age from his father but also attended art school. Thanks to his training in life drawing at art school he has the ability to carve accurate representations according to Glick's images. Although Leno and Glick are from cultures that could hardly be more different, and without a great deal of common language, a rapport has grown up between these two artists. Glick has also worked closely with two painters, Wayan Darmadi and Bona Kelod and Dewa Tirtayasa from Abianbase. Both are traditional Balinese painting techniques which stress precision and scrupulous attention to detail.

[Extract from catalogue essay by Chris Hill, 'Punching the Devil', New works from Rodney Glick's Everyone Series, 2009]

Typically Glick has updated the traditional sacred subject matter with contemporary secular figures wearing trainers and wrist bands. The young lovers gaze at each other, embodying the continuities and universal truths of the traditions and mythologies this sculpture evokes, while also suggesting contemporary uncertainties about love, desire and commitment. In working with Balinese sculptors Glick also looks to our nearest Hindu neighbours for collaborators, and brings into play the history of Australia's fascination with Bali as a place of exotic wonder, carnal delights and hybrid art adapted for Western audiences.

Place of origin
Bali, Indonesia
Year
2009
Media
Sculpture, Woodwork, Painting
Medium
carved and painted wood
Dimensions
103.7 x 183.0 x 60.5 cm overall :
a - central figures; 80 x 80 x 50 cm
b - flower; 18.7 x 6.3 x 5.8 cm
c - flower; 17.5 x 6 x 5.7 cm
d - flower; 19 x 6 x 5.5 cm
e - flower; 20.6 x 6 x 5.5 cm
f - flower; 16.8 x 6 x 5.7 cm
g - flower; 17 x 6 x 5.7 cm
h - flower; 21 x 5.5 x 6.3 cm
i - flower; 14 x 6 x 5.8 cm
j - flower; 30.5 x 15.6 x 30.5 cm
k - flower; 24 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm
l - flower; 25 x 11 x 11 cm
m - bottom table; 74 x 183 x 60.5 cm
n - top table; 29.7 x 120 x 60.5 cm
o - woven cloth; 60.5 x 122 cm
p - woven mat; 89 x 175 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2012
Accession number
124.2012.a-p
Copyright
© Rodney Glick