Visual Arts Program
 


Saturday, April 22, 2006 — Saturday, May 27, 2006

Shaun Gladwell

Shaun Gladwell
Shaun Gladwell
Shaun Gladwell

Prominent in the video work of Australian artist Shaun Gladwell are situational vignettes in which both skateboarding and breakdancing are often the featured actions. At the same time Gladwell’s works are not strictly about these subjects, but serve more aptly as points of departure for other considerations. Within Gladwell’s videos there are undeniable depictions of athleticism and technical proficiency—whether boarding or breakdancing—and their often slow-motion aspect might seem to suggest that illustrating a sporty performance is the point of the work. But these physical maneuvers also operate as formal devices within the works, means by which space is physically disrupted, actually and conceptually. That the actions depicted take place in public spaces bluntly remarks on the manner in which either act (fringe pastimes that have been partially folded into the mainstream culture) can deftly carve up the spaces in which they occur—there is social action and interaction at work here. But additionally, Gladwell uses these actions to elegantly divide his picture plane, a terrain of emphatic colors and composition. Locating hubs of intense action within visuals that are otherwise calmly composed indicates a deep dive into the moment, the sublime within a singular gesture, a repetitive beauty winding its way toward a state of grace.

Shaun Gladwell is represented by Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia.

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SHAUN GLADWELL - 2006
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