Glenn Sloggett - Lost Man
Exhibition: 21 April to 22 May, 2004
Glenn Sloggett's images speak of ordinary lives and unfulfilled dreams. A recurrent theme is the dog-eared or shabby remnants of hope and optimism. In one image, the remains of a white picket fence, a symbol of cheery and neat domestic life - becomes a gap-toothed parody of itself. In another a statue of Jesus, his arms raised to embrace sinners, is devoid of hands.
Sloggett's domain is decidedly low-rent - boarding houses, low paid jobs, addictions, neglect & abuse. While the mood is one of sorrow and the images almost forensic in their banality, there is a beauty in these subtle colour images which exposes both the frailty and persistence of hope.
This is Glenn Sloggett's second solo show at Stills Gallery. His first in 2002 was Abandon. His works have been featured in exhibitions including Photographica Australis at ARCO 2002 Madrid, curated by Alasdair Foster, Director of the Australian Centre for Photography and in New Australiana an Australian Centre for Photography touring exhibition.
He was winner of the inaugural John and Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship for an emerging photographer, Albury Regional Art Gallery 2001. A selection of his recent work, Cheaper & Deeper is currently touring around Australia as part of the Australian Centre for Photography's touring program.