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Shaun Gladwell: Stereo Sequences


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1 Jun – 14 Aug 2011

Speed and gravity. Bodies and machines. Parallels and performance. A hypnotic 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 commissioned Gladwell to develop an ambitious new body of work. The resulting exhibition, Shaun Gladwell: Stereo Sequences,  featured a suite of new pieces that explored duality, parallels and mirroring – a series of "open experiments" that combined and expanded 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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