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Shaun Gladwell: Stereo Sequences

Exhibition

Supported by The Australia Council. With thanks to Schwartz Media, Pty Ltd, The Broken Hill Art Exchange and The Australian Ballet.

Shaun Gladwell: Stereo Sequences

1 Jun - 14 Aug 2011

Using filmic devices such as long pans and slow-motion, Gladwell captures tightly choreographed, repetitive performances by classical ballerinas, helicopters, motorcycles, muscle cars, trials bike-riders and skateboarders.

Gladwell's latest offerings radiate a distinct Australian sensibility, inspired by the unique landscape and local film culture, including Ozploitation era films.

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  • Speed and gravity. Bodies and machines. Parallels and performance. Hypnotic new work by a groundbreaking Australian video artist.

    Shaun Gladwell erupted onto the Australian art scene with the 2000 video work Storm Sequence , a self-portrait in which the artist is skateboarding in extreme slow-motion as a storm brews over Bondi Beach. He has since developed an international reputation for his evocative large-scale video works, photographs and sculptures and represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 2009.

    Gladwell uses filmic devices such as slow-motion and long pans to capture both tightly choreographed and improvised performances by breakdancers, skateboarders and BMX bike riders in a combination of rural and city settings in Australia, Japan, Brazil, France and Afghanistan. The resulting works, which he describes as "performative landscapes" are both rhythmic and poetic - distorting speed, gravity, space and time; exploring visual and spatial paradoxes.

    ACMI has commissioned Gladwell to develop an ambitious new body of work. The resulting exhibition, Shaun Gladwell: Stereo Sequences,  features a suite of new pieces that explore duality, parallels and mirroring - a series of 'open experiments' that combine and expand on the themes of Gladwell's career. 

    Shaun Gladwell: Stereo Sequences  is the first in a series of major commissions by Australian and international artists at ACMI.

     

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