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Shaun Gladwell, 30 sec, Australia, 2004. Digital Video

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Produced and Directed by: Shaun Gladwell
Performance: Morganics
Videography: Gotaro Uematsu
Editing: Joshua Raymond, Mark Lorenzetto, (Stonehouse Productions)
Sound: Wade Marynowsky
Assistance: Scott Gladwell, David Griggs
SBS Independent: Commissioning Editor: Glenys Rowe
ACMI: Executive Producer: Clare Stewart
ACMI: Production Manager: Philippa Campey
© Shaun Gladwell

ARTV: produced with the assistance of ACMI and SBS Independent


Featuring renowned breakdancer Morganics pulling his moves in a water fountain, Shaun Gladwell's street-wise video 'painting' plays with performance, gravity and time to unsettle expectations of urban space.

Biography - Shaun Gladwell

Born 1972, lives and works in Sydney.

Gladwell completed an honours degree at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, and undertook postgraduate research with the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. He was awarded the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship and conducted associate research at Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 2001-02. He has undertaken an Australia Council studio residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and has exhibited widely in the past ten years throughout Australia and in the United States, Canada and Europe. He is a founding member of the Sydney-based artist collective Imperial Slacks.

He is represented by Sherman Galleries, Sydney.

Artist Statement - Shaun Gladwell

'My practice poetically and critically links personal experience with art historical, philosophical and cultural discourse. Recent video works engage these concerns through forms of urban expression such as skateboarding, hip-hop graffiti, BMX bike riding and break-dancing. A series of ambient structural manipulations are made to recorded performances in order to critically oppose popular representations, namely the fast and furious jump cuts of MTV montage.

The slow-motion, framing and viewpoints of my work are composed in order to open performances to a range or readings that play within and against art historical genres and concepts such as romantic portraiture, landscape, religious allegory and the death reckoning of vanitas and momento mori.'

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