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.
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.